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'Finding Nemo' fish migrate vast distances

By T.K. Randall
September 21, 2014 · Comment icon 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 | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado 9 years ago
Gotta expect travelling if you're in the circus, no?
Comment icon #2 Posted by NicoNico 9 years ago
I guess fishes have to search far and wide for their own fishes in the sea.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Child of Bast 9 years ago
Gotta expect travelling if you're in the circus, no?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
This is ridiculous, almost ALL* marine fish go through a planktonic larval stage where they look nothing like the adults and drift in the current, and yes, they may travel hundreds of miles before settling out. This is quite different from a juvenile Clownfish traveling that far. Once these larval fish are recognizable as a Clownfish they have already found an anemone to live in where they will spend their entire lives, if they do not find one they are quickly eaten, they are poor swimmers and make easy prey for predators without their venomous companion. *Sharks and rays are exceptions, as ar... [More]

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