Study: Species in 'Finding Nemo' near extinction

In this promotional photo released by Pixar, Dory, lower left, and Marlin, lower right, face an ocean full of perils in their efforts to rescue Nemo in this scene from Pixar Animation Studios "Finding Nemo." (AP Photo/Pixar Animation Studios, File)
December 14, 2011 7:53:44 PM PST
Remember the cute characters from the movie Finding Nemo?

Environmentalists warn their real-life counterparts are disappearing from our oceans.

A study conducted by environmentalists in Canada found turtles like Squirt and Crush are threatened. Sixteen percent of the species shown in the movie are in danger of extinction.

Even Nemo himself is at risk: The movie caused a rush to buy clownfish for fish tanks, reducing the number of fish on coral reefs.


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