Nature & Environment
'Finding Nemo' fish migrate vast distances
By T.K. Randall
September 21, 2014 · 4 comments
An Omani clownfish peeking out from its hiding place. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Nick Hobgood
Real-life clownfish have more in common with their big screen counterpart than was previously believed.
In the popular Pixar movie 'Finding Nemo' a young clownfish is whisked away by a fishing boat, prompting his horrified father to embark on a harrowing mission to rescue him.
Surprisingly, researchers have recently discovered that some Omani clownfish really do travel vast distances through the ocean just like in the movie and that they even manage to accomplish this during the first few days of their life.
The University of Exeter research team made the discovery after comparing the birthplace of clownfish with the locations at which those same specimens would later turn up.
Some of the fish were found to have traveled over 250 miles within the space of a few days.
"This is an epic journey for these tiny week-old fish," said marine biologist Steve Simpson.
Source: French Tribune
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