The 2003 Pixar CGI animated Film “Finding Nemo” was so popular when it first released, that even today most people look at the clownfish in an aquarium and identify it as ‘Nemo ‘ and not as a Clownfish. At first people thought the phenomenon would pass, and the interest generated by the movie would fade away. However even today most Scuba diving instructors will tell you that their new students still recognize reef fish by their Nemo Names, and phrases like: “I saw two Dory’s and a whole bunch of Gills”, or “Did you see Nemo in that anemone?”, are not uncommon. So we at Aquaviews decided to help our Nemo crazed fans, find Nemo and his friends.
Nemo and Marlin: False Ocellaris Clown fish
False Ocellaris Clown fish are closely related to the true clownfish better known as the orange clown fish and are both species that are found in coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific. The Ocellaris can be recognized by its orange color with three white bars and black markings on the fins and you will almost always find them living in the protection of an anemone.
Dory : Regal Blue Tang
The Regal Blue Tang comes from the family of surgeon fish and can be identified by its royal blue body, yellow tail, and black ‘palette’ design. This species is relatively common in the reefs of the Indo-Pacific and lives of plankton. Tangs can grow up to a foot in length and due to their stunning color, are a real delight to spot while diving in a reef.
Tad : Tad Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish
The yellow long nose butterfly fish is one of the most common kinds of butterfly fish and is instantly recognized by its bright yellow body and tapering short black nose. The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish inhabits the Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific and any scuba diver who has dived in Hawaii will instantly recognize this fish. They commonly found on exposed seaward reefs and not very common in lagoon reefs.
Gill : Moorish Idol
Another really popular character from the Movie, Gill is a Moorish idol which is often mistakenly identified as a butterflyfish, Angelfish, bannerfish or pennant fish which appear in similar colors. The Pennant Coral fish closely resembles the Moorish idol, which can be distinguished from the pennant by the black band that goes over its eye and its distinctive tubular snout that sets it apart. The Moorish Idol however belongs to the Surgeonfish family and grows to a length of 8-10 inches.
Bloat : Puffer Fish
Pufferfish are by far one of the most extraordinary fish of the reef. When stressed pufferfish can puff up to 2 or 3 times their normal size. They are slow swimming fish, and swim rather awkwardly in the water. There are also several kinds of pufferfish, like boxfish, cowfish, porcupine, burrfish, stars and stripes puffer, the dog faced puffer, the figure eight puffer, etc. Bloat in Finding Nemo is a Porcupine Pufferfish recognizable by its yellow color and long spines which sticks out when it inflates.