The Real Animals (and Fish!) of Finding Dory



Finding Dory came out until June 17, 2016. The following was a sneak preview with some corrections now that the movie is out.

Dory is back! Her Mom’s name is Jenny and her Dad’s name is Charlie. She is a Yellow Tail Blue Tang or Blue Hippo Tang or Pacific Blue Tang or Palette Surgeonfish.

Marlin and Nemo are back too! They are Ocellaris or False Percula Clownfish or Clown Anemonefish.

Crush and Squirt are back also! They are Green Sea Turtles, one of 7 species of Sea Turtles. They were named green for the fat on their body, not the color of their shells or skin.

Mr. Ray is back! He is a Spotted Eagle Ray. Fortunately he’s not the type of Stingray shown migrating in the movie or else he’d be leaving his students! There is a specific kind of ray known as the Golden Cow nose Ray that may migrate in groups of up to 10,000!

There is a Beluga Whale named Bailey. Belugas are often called the “canaries of the sea” because of their vocalizations. Their (squishy) fat-filled melons (heads) are supposed to help with echolocation, the sonar that many whales use in the ocean.

Finding Dory, Destiny, Dory, Whale Shark

Dory and Destiny the Whale Shark from Finding Dory Photo: © Disney Pixar 2016

The Whale Shark’s name is Destiny. It’s cute that she and Dory knew each other and can speak whale, but Destiny is a Shark, not a Whale! She’s the largest shark in the ocean, but only eats tiny plankton with her cavernous mouth. Whale Sharks do have poor eyesight because their eyes are so tiny compared to their bodies, but they are not clumsy. Anyone who has snorkeled with Whale Sharks know they can turn on a dime to avoid swimming into you!

The (generic) octopus is named Hank. He is actually missing an arm, so he’s a “septopus.” In real life, the octopus would grow any missing arms back. There are so many neurons in a severed octopus arm that it can move and hunt on its own!

The Sea Lions are named Rudder and Fluke. I’m guessing they are California Sea Lions because part of the movie takes place off of California. If they were both male, then they could be found off of Pier 39 in San Francisco where bachelor males hang out and entertain tourists.

The baby Sea Otters are oh so cute! They are probably Southern Sea Otters, mainly found off the California coast. Sea otters don’t stand up on their hind legs like river otters do, and they couldn’t climb up the poles to the freeway! In some press pictures, it looks like there are baby sea otters in a group. There would never be a group of babies together because a wild Sea Otter pup stays with Mom 24/7 and they rarely socialize with other mother/pup pairs. Even surrogate Sea Otter Moms at the Monterey Bay Aquarium only take care of one pup at a time!

I speculate Becky is a Pacific Loon. Loons may mate for life! They eat mainly fish, crustaceans, and insects.

I loved seeing Finding Dory and here is my review!

For more images of the movie visit Finding Dory Images at collider.com
or
side-by-side (Finding Dory image vs. real animal images) at Mother Nature Network’s Meet the Real Animals Behind Finding Dory

Click here for The Real Fish of Finding Nemo
Click here for The Real Fish of Finding Nemo Part 2

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