Nine out of ten scientists* agree: watching Finding Nemo is the equivalent of earning a doctorate in marine biology. So put away those bio textbooks and actual science materials, and dive into these marine life lessons from Nemo, Dory, and the other talking fish. Maybe this science isn’t conventional, but it’s really entertaining which is just as important.


*By “scientists,” we mean “Oh My Disney staffers who passed a couple of high school science class back in the day.”


Exhibit A: Pacific Cleaner Shrimp sanitizes young clownfish.
Jacques_Finding Nemo
A quick spin cycle usually does the trick.


Exhibit B: Regal tang and clownfish find temporary shelter inside bill of pelican.
Nigel, Dory, Marlin_Finding Nemo
Just add water!


Exhibit C: Great white shark does not demonstrate qualities of a mindless eating machine.
Dory meets Bruce_Finding Nemo
In other words, fish are friends, not food.


Exhibit D: Yellow tang manifests obsession with artificially created bubbles.
Bubbles_Finding Nemo
Do not even lay eyes on them. Highly addictive.


Exhibit E: Regal tang is multilingual.
Dory speaks whale_Finding Nemo
Languages include: English, Whale, and conversational Orca.


Exhibit F: School of moonfish displays high level of directional intelligence.
Opera House_Finding Nemo
Plus exquisite grace and coordination.


Exhibit G: School of fish attends school on back of blue and white spotted eagle ray.
School of Fish_Finding Nemo
And all new explorers must answer a science question.


Exhibit H: Blue tang navigates through smack of jellyfish with bouncing technique.
Dory on jellyfish_Finding Nemo
A “smack” is indeed the correct term for a group of jellyfish. The sea is indeed full of mystery.


Exhibit I: Darla.
Darla_Finding Nemo
Repeat after us: “Find a happy place. Find a happy place.”

Everything We Know About Marine Biology We Learned from Finding Nemo