great barrier reef, real life inspiration for Disney's Finding Nemo

2/12  The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

The Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing on Earth that is visible from space, therefore the wide inspiration it has is only to be expected. This Marine Park was chosen to be the location used in Disney and Pixar's collaboration, Finding Nemo. Stretching over 1800 miles you can expect to find around 1500 species of tropical fish, 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays, and even giant clams over 120 years old. This Wonder of The World is home to an abundance of marine life, including Clownfish - the species of fish used in Finding Nemo.

Why will Disney fans love it?

The Clownfish is only found within the warmer waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans - including northwest Australia, southeast Asia, Japan and the Indo-Malaysian region. The fish rely on sea anemone, living their lives together. They can only live in ten out of more than one thousand species of sea anemone, so once your little swimmers don their goggles expect them to find Nemo and all of his friends.

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