Don’t get a Dory (and why sweeping generalizations are bad)
So lately I’ve been seeing a post called “Don’t get a Dory” going around. I get it. The intentions of this post are good! But saying things like saltwater fish suffer in captivity, and that all saltwater fish are wild caught, is dangerous and incorrect. Skimming through the reblogs on that post, I have seen several people ask if they should start buying sw fish with the intent of either “donating” them to zoos/aquariums or releasing them into the wild. LET’S STOP RIGHT THERE. What makes you think that zoos/aquariums want those fish? You’d just be stuck with sw fish you are not prepared or knowledgeable enough to keep. Those fish die. Let’s say you release those fish into the wild. What makes you think that the ocean is one single habitat type? You release a Dory and that fish dies and potentially takes wild fish with it by introducing disease and parasites that native fish/inverts aren’t equipped to handle. If by some miracle you release a fish that can survive in the waterway you release it in, it has the potential to reproduce and drive out native species. Ever hear of the invasive lionfish epidemic in the Atlantic?
Let’s move on to another point I see brought up often: That “Finding Nemo” increased demand for clownfish. This is true! But it also increased motivations to breed clownfish in captivity. Most clownfish for sale are now aquacultured and have zero impact on reefs in the wild. We have now bred yellow tangs in captivity and I have no doubt that we will figure out how to breed blue hippo tangs as well in the near future. The biggest problems I have with these films are that Disney made aquarium products. These tank kits were inappropriate for even simple and easy fish like bettas, much less “nemos” and “dorys”.
I’ve also seen people say that saltwater fish do not belong in homes. WHY? Are you against people keeping freshwater fish? Without professional and hobbyist aquarists, we would not have captive populations of fish and corals. Owning fish is extremely important to conservation and continuing to be able to enjoy these animals in a climate that is changing.
As long as you do your research and keep them properly, saltwater fish are excellent pets. Blue hippo tangs (and tangs in general) are very long lived, intelligent, and personable fish. I’ve known blue tangs in hobbyist tanks that were in their twenties. IMO, chain pet stores should not carry saltwater fish because they often do not allow their employees to deny sales to people who will neglect or abuse those fish. And the employees are also often uneducated and not hobbyists themselves. That being said, condemning an entire industry and hobby just causes misguided instances where people will unknowingly introduce invasive species and harm wildlife with the best intentions. Not unlike the bison incident that has made headlines recently.
In short, if you find yourself wanting to rescue fish from the evils of the pet industry, EDUCATE yourself on the benefits of captivity and why hobbyist propagation of fish and coral species is so important.
Before Find Dory is released, here are five fun facts about its predecessor:
1. Nemo first appeared as a stuffed toy on a couch in Boo’s room in 2001’s Monsters, Inc. In a similar fashion, a boy in the dentist office reads a Mr. Incredible comic book, foreshadowing 2004’s The Incredibles. Luigi the car also drives by the dentist’s office, anticipating 2006’s Cars.
2. William H. Macy was cast as Marlin and recorded all of his dialogue before Brooks replaced him. Megan Mullally was fired for refusing to do the same voice as her Will & Grace character.
3. Dory often got Nemo’s name wrong. She also called him Chico, Fabio, Bingo, Harpo and Elmo.
In the tank in the dentist’s office, the germophobic and pessimistic
royal gramma fish is the only one never mentioned by name. Via press
materials, his name was revealed to be Gurgle.
5. Finding Nemo was the first Pixar film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
On this day in music history: June 6, 1972 - “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”, the fifth studio album by David Bowie is released (UK release date is on June 16, 1972). Produced by David Bowie and Ken Scott, it is recorded at Trident Studios in London from September 7, 1971, November 1971, and January 12 - 18, 1972. Even before his fourth album “Hunky Dory” is released, David Bowie begins working on the follow up release. Never willing to stand still musically or image wise, Bowie makes himself over as something otherworldly. Dyeing his sandy brown hair a striking shade of reddish brown, and dressing in flamboyant futuristic costumes, Bowie adapts the persona of Ziggy Stardust. The albums concept centers around the fictional alien rock star, coming to earth to present humanity with a message of hope during its last days. But in the end, Ziggy is consumed by his hedonistic lifestyle and his fans. The album is a major critical and commercial success in the UK upon its release, and begins Bowie’s rise to success in the US. In time, it is regarded as one the most important and influential rock albums of all time. With his “Ziggy Stardust” persona, Bowie becomes a central figure in the glam rock movement sweeping the UK at the and sets him on the path to becoming a worldwide star. Reissued and remastered several times since its original mid 80’s CD release, the album is remixed by original co-producer and engineer Ken Scott in 2003. This remixed version along with the original mix are remastered and reissued in 2015, and are included in the box set “David Bowie - Five Years 1969 - 1973” on CD and 180 gram vinyl LP’s. “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” peaks at number five on the UK album chart, number seventy five on the Billboard Top 200, is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.