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Emotive warnings made in the wake of Finding Nemo over people rushing out to buy the species as pets putting them at harm were largely unfounded, experts say.
The outcry even led to an appeal from one of the film's characters Little Dory - voiced by Ellen DeGeneres - asking viewers to stop buying the creatures.
Claims - Animals - Harry - Potter - Zootopia
Similar claims have been made about animals featured in Harry Potter, Zootopia and Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles.
Scientists found that the opposite was actually true, and that such films can benefit species by bringing them attention they would normally not receive.
Researchers - Oxford - University - Plight - Fish
Researchers from Oxford University decided to look into the alleged plight of clown fish after the 2003 blockbuster, dubbed the Nemo Effect.
A study of search data taken from Google Trends and purchase patterns from a major US importer of ornamental fish and 20 aquariums across the nation revealed it was all hype.
Researcher - Diogo - Veríssimo - 'We - Narratives
Lead researcher Diogo Veríssimo said: 'We think these narratives are so compelling because they are based on a clear causal link that is plausible, relating to events that are high profile - Finding Dory was one of the highest grossing animated movies in history.
'My research looks at demand for...
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