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Scientists look into well-being of Finding Nemo species

The Disney/Pixar team that created the 2003 animated film "Finding Nemo" did a great job showing the diversity of marine life, but a recent study of the actual species featured in this children's movie showed a gloomy outlook, the Washington Post reports. The study, conducted by The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Canada's Simon Fraser University, found that 16 percent of the species in the movie face extinction.

Dr. Loren McClenachan of Simon Fraser University said that the science in the movie is "quite well done," The New York Times reports.

"And it's one of the few movies that successfully incorporates a strong conservation theme into a good story," she added.

The movie, which protrays a clownfish named Marlin goes to incredible lengths to save his son, Nemo, from the aquarium trade, has a conservation message to save animals from this fate, the Washington Post reports. However, since the movie's release, there has been a significant boom in the trade of this orange and white striped fish, reducing its numbers in its natural habitat.

Although the clownfish is listed by the IUCN as "of least concern" for extinction, others, like the hammerhead shark and marine turtles that help Nemo and Marlin on their way are seriously threatened in real life, the news source reports.  
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