Scientists Learn How Nemo Finds His Way Home
How does the orange clownfish - aka Nemo from the movie "Finding Nemo" - really find its way home?
It turns out the colorful saltwater fish can sniff for leaves that fall into the sea from rainforests growing on the islands near their coral reef homes.
After clownfish hatch from their eggs, they spend 10 to 12 days in the open sea, likely carried out by prevailing currents. But they then often return to the near-shore reefs where they were born. How these young fish know where to swim back to has been a mystery.