Marine biologists have found that young clownfish often travel more than 250 miles in search of a new reef.
Nemo, we know you're out there--and in reality too. Who would've thought some contrived idea of great oceanic travel done by a fictional fish in a motion picture would end-up garnering scientific backing?
I, for one, wouldn't had given that idea a second glance.
The video below explains the study that lead to this ground-breaking realization.
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And at just a few millimeters in length--no larger than a piece of white-grain rice--the larval clownfish (Amphiprion sp. and Premnas biaculeatus) begin their seaward odyssey, very-much-so aided by oceanic currents.
And while science has known that colonies of clownfish consisted of genetically diverse kin, we weren't aware of how far those foreigners truly traveled--and it's hundreds of miles.
This study is the first to directly measure long-distance dispersal [of clownfish larvae] over hundreds of kilometers.
--Stephen Simpson, a marine biologist at the U.K.'s University of Exeter
Clownish are among the most heavily trafficked of all marine fauna, and--due to wild-caught harvesting from the demand placed on by the tropical fish hobby-- have seen major declines in population counts.
Bruce, the pescetarianism protesting shark from Finding Nemo, said it best: "Fish are friends, not food." Or disposable aquarium decor, for that matter.