Why you Shouldn't get a Dory

Finding Dory will premiere in theaters this month. It's an exciting time for Disney Pixar fans of all age. Millions will rush to see this film during it's opening weekend. I will most likely be among them. When Finding Nemo came out in 2003, it was wildly successful. After, many children begged their parents for their own 'Nemo'. Since clown fish can be bred in captivity, the Finding Nemo craze was not detrimental to their population. However, the upcoming Finding Dory poses a potentially devastating threat to the Blue Tang, known to children as 'Dory'.

Researchers have not learned how to breed blue tang fish in captivity yet. When these fish lay eggs, they release them into open water, which makes it extremely difficult to raise hatchlings domestically. In order to obtain a blue tang fish, they must be captured from coral reefs. The majority of these fish will die during this process and transportation. Some collectors have been known to break coral when obtaining blue tang, which is extremely harmful to the reef. Also, in the wild, blue tang grow up to 1 foot in length. This is impossible in a tank, which harms their muscles. Removing these fish from the ocean can contribute to damaging coral reefs as well. Potentially, an entire ecosystem is at risk.

In Finding Nemo, a fish travels far to rescue his son. Nemo was captured by divers and kept in captivity. The film reveals the effect that tank life has on tropical, marine fish. When viewing Finding Dory, it is important to remember these fish were meant to live in the ocean. In order for their populations to thrive, blue tangs should be living in their natural habitat. 

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  1. Good for you for spreading awareness! I read a handful of posts on this topic, so I'm glad that word is spreading that these cute little "Dory's" aren't good as pets.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    1. I'm glad you like it! Environmental issues are close to my heart, so I'll do anything I can to help.

      Caiti / Caiti Nicole Blog