Finding Nemo sequel could decimate this fish
IT'S the dark-side of the Disney kid's movie.
When Finding Nemo sprang to unprecedented popularity in 2003 sales of clownfish sky-rocketed globally.
Now with the release of the sequel - Finding Dory - set to hit the silver screen in June marine biologists are concerned that the desire of fans to own a pet version of the film's star may seriously damage wild populations of blue tang fish - the species upon which the film's main character is based.
While the fish which Nemo was based on - a Clownfish - are relatively easy to breed in captivity and therefore okay to keep as pets, Dory do not like living in tanks.
"Even though Dory was a model of resilience and optimism in her perilous quest to rescue Nemo from a dentist's office fish tank, young blue tangs have proven much less hardy inside lab tanks," Hakai magazine reports.
"As Dory graduates from sidekick to leading lady, the lack of a captive-bred option will drive collectors to source more blue tangs from the wild-a harvest that's often unregulated and destructive."
Hakai magazine also quotes one Eric Cassiano from the University of Florida as saying the lack of blue tang fish when set against the increased demand could well lead people down the dark path of taking them from the wild - something he fears could be catastrophic for populations living on the