Fish swim into Adopt-A-Fish Program at aquarium


Species portrayed as Nemo and Dory in ‘Finding Nemo’ seek foster parents

The species portrayed as Nemo and Dory in the popular Disney/Pixar film “Finding Nemo” are now seeking fish foster parents through the Adopt-A-Fish program at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

Participants can sponsor the clown anemonefish or the blue tang for $50 a year. Birch Aquarium at Scripps established this new lower adoption rate so that even more ocean enthusiasts could enjoy the fun and personal reward of supporting the well-being and care of their favorite marine species.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps also welcomes another new arrival to the aquarium and its Adopt-A-Fish program. The elusive ribboned seadragon, rarely seen in the wild or aquariums, lives in the warm, tropical waters of northern Australia. Aboriginal art depicts this unique animal as the “rainbow serpent” - a long mythical creature with parts resembling different animals. Annual sponsorships for ribboned seadragons are $500.

Ribboned Seadragon

These three species join a diverse group of animals in the Adopt-A-Fish program, including octopus, sharks and jellyfish. The tax-deductible sponsorships help support and enhance the aquarium’s animal family, as well as its award-winning breeding efforts that reduce the need for other aquariums to collect in the wild.

For more information, or to adopt online, visit

Birch Aquarium Web site


Adoption Levels:


Clown Anemonefish

Blue Tang


Moon Jelly




California Spiny Lobster

Sea Star

California Moray Eel




Coral Reef



Leopard Shark

Black-tipped Reef Shark


Ribboned Seadragon

Giant Sea Bass

Scythe Butterflyfish


Sea Dragon


Pacific Seahorse