What Kind of Fish is Dory? Blue Tangs Should Not Be Bought
Finding Dory is now in theaters and something that might be on a lot of people’s minds is… what kind of fish is Dory?!
Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, is a Blue Tang and before you rush to the pet store to get your own version of the beloved character, think twice.
The Blue Tang, also known as the palette surgeonfish, are not bred in captivity so the demand for the fish could cause a major decrease of the wild population.
“My understanding is that palette surgeonfish are difficult to breed in captivity, which means many of the fish in shops will be collected from the wild,” Alastair Harborne, the Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida International University, said in a statement (via Phys.org). “This obviously decreases their populations and may damage the reef as collectors use nets to catch the fish.”
Watch the below informational video on why you shouldn’t buy your own Dory!