The National Sea Life Centre is finding Dory is not the only one who can be a little forgetful!

The memory lapses of Disney-Pixar’s fishy superstar Dory are not so exceptional…a survey has found.

Finding Dory

Families were put to the test at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham to see how many of 10 fishy facts delivered during their visit they could recall.

The average score was only 5 correct questions with mums and dads outperforming their children by the slender margin of two percent.

“We are hosting Finding Dory trails and events at all our UK Sea Life centres and thought it would be interesting to see how our visitors compare to Dory when it comes to the memory stakes,” said General Manager, Amy Langham.

“The results were more surprising than we could have anticipated, and seem to suggest we can all can be susceptible to a little forgetfulness from time to time.”

Among the simple facts and statistics that The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham visitors struggled to recollect, were:

  • There are seven species of sea turtle in the world’s oceans
  • The Emperor Penguin is the largest penguin
  • The most common octopus in UK waters is the Lesser Octopus

”We were interested to find that the facts they remembered best were the ones about the harm we humans are doing to our oceans and their inhabitants,” said Amy.

“Most could remember that an estimated 70 million sharks are being killed every year for their fins, or as bycatch for example. They could remember that millions of seahorses are caught and killed to become ingredients in Chinese traditional medicines. It’s encouraging that important messages like this are getting across and helping foster support for marine conservation, something that Finding Dory will also help to do.”

The Finding Dory exhibit runs until September 30th

Don’t miss your last chance to see Sea Life’s themed event, running at the 12 UK centres until September 30th, including a trail inspired by Hank the cantankerous octopus – one of Finding Dory’s central characters.

You can find out more at

For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.

Disclosure: I am a Merlin Ambassador for 2016, and am publishing this post in exchange for a Merlin Annual Pass which has allowed me and my family to visit many of the 32 Merlin attractions up and down the UK

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