While the world awaits the film “Finding Dory,” marine biologists are praying for the blue tang fish species. They disliked “Finding Nemo” as they fear that the sequel to the Nemo movie will result in the same fate for the species as it did for the clownfish.
Marine biologists have not slammed “Finding Dory” nor have they decided to boycott it. However, they fear that the movie’s release will result in an increased demand for the blue tang fish as pets that might result in the species being endangered in the near future. They saw this happen to the clownfish after “Finding Nemo” was released.
According to Carmen da Silva, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Queensland, clownfish became insanely popular after “Finding Nemo.” More and more people wanted to have the cute orange fish as their pet in their aquariums, informs Huffington Post Australia.
“I think a lot of people fell in love with the character Nemo and they wanted one for their aquarium,” said da Silva. “There’s nothing wrong with owning a marine fish in an aquarium but I think a lot of people didn’t realise 90 percent of clown fish sold are taken from the wild,” she added.
This pushed the species to extinction in many of the areas from where they were collected. Some areas, such as the Great Barrier Reef, were affected by climate change, which in turn also affected the dwindling population.
Inquisitr states that as “Finding Dory” gets ready for release, biologists fear that the blue tang fish will meet the same fate. What is even more worrisome is that the fish doesn’t thrive in captivity. Ellen DeGeneres, who voices Dory in the film, is spreading a message that will only help the biologists.
She believes that we need to take care of our oceans, notes Yahoo movies. “I think that fish should be in the ocean. It’s what this whole sequel is about: It’s about rehabilitation and putting them back in the ocean,” said DeGeneres. “And we have to protect our oceans. Hopefully, that discussion starts with this film because we really need to protect that environment,” she added.