FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — One day you may be able to find a home grown “Dory” in your local aquarium store.
Researchers at the University of Florida say they have successfully bred Pacific blue tangs in captivity for the first time. The blue species is the model for the forgetful fish featured in the films “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory.”
Researchers say the breakthrough means that one day, home aquariums or marine life exhibits might not have to rely on the capture of blue tangs in the wild.
Lab director Craig Watson says the next step is helping commercial producers replicate the researchers’ success with the key marine ornamental species.
Rising Tide Conservation, the SeaWorld-Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University also contributed to the project.
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