The negative effect of the movie ‘Finding Nemo’

There are beautiful and well-made films that even convey interesting ideas, and even a greater awareness of the environment. However, the world is complex and intricate, and a trend instilled by a movie can lead to an undesirable side effect.

This was the case with the Pixar film Finding Nemo, which recorded what happens when we end up releasing our pets into the environment: we cause serious imbalances in the ecosystem.

In the movie Finding Nemo there is a scene where two fish escape down the toilet drain. Many children, watching the movie, imitated this example and I wanted to do a good deed, throwing the fish down the toilet so that they would be free. However, this was a problem, as J. M. Mulet explains in his book Real Ecologism:

Most home aquariums are of exotic or tropical species, which are very showy but usually die in cold water. The problem is that the film was also seen in Florida, so in the Caribbean right now there are colonies of scorpion fish, originally from Asia, which are wreaking real havoc.

And more bad news: Because they lack the genetic ability to adapt to rapid changes in their environment, such as those resulting from current global warming, the clownfish made famous by the movie Finding Nemo is hopelessly going extinct. This is what researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) conclude in a recent study published in the journal Ecology Letters. Although, fortunately, Finding Nemo is not to blame for that.

A dead gold fish in the toilet

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