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Calls for Ellen DeGeneres to Help Save Nemo

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An online campaign for talk show host to help protect one of Australia’s most iconic fish

After 13 long awaited years, the sequel to Disney’s Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, is almost here!

Since the original movie was released, demand for clownfish in pet stores has risen dramatically and much popularity has been associated with the orange and white-stripped fish. The iconic Australian clownfish has now become the worlds most sought after marine oriental fish.

As the demand for clownfish grows larger, the number of the species in the wild is dramatically reducing. Since Finding Nemo, the number of wild clownfish in countries such as the Philippines and Thailand are almost at extinction. There is also a large request for clownfish in the United States.

Through an online campaign via social media platforms such as Instagram, supporters have urged talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres to become ambassador.

Ms DeGeneres is the voice of Nemo’s counterpart and forgetful friend, Dory whom the sequel focuses on. Dory is a paracanthurus hapatus, or better yet known as a blue tang fish. With almost 60 million followers on Twitter, Ellen is the perfect candidate to raise awareness and keep the species of fish thriving in the wild.

The operation, called the Million Kisses Campaign, encourages people to take photos of themselves blowing “fish kisses” and uploading them to Instagram, tagging @theellenshow and @savingnemo_ with the hashtag #fishkiss4nemo.


Photography by Carmen Rose da Silva

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.