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"Let's Name the Species" is a song that Mr. Ray sings in Disney/Pixar's 2003 animated film, Finding Nemo. The song is not included in the soundtrack of Finding Nemo nor in the 2016 sequel's soundtrack.


Finding Nemo

The song is sung when Mr. Ray arrives at the schoolyard where Nemo prepares to go to school. The words that Mr. Ray is singing about are mostly related to marine life species. When Mr. Ray takes Nemo to school, Mr. Ray sings it throughout the trip to school sequence. He briefly sings the song again when Nemo catches up with Tad, Sheldon, and Pearl, so he can tell the fish in singsong to gather because there isn't anything to see around the drop off, except for the parked boat used by a scuba-diver that abducted Nemo.

Finding Dory

A recycled version of the song known as "Migration Song" is heard when Mr. Ray hears a stingray migration coming. Unlike in the first film where Mr. Ray sings in solo, Dory joins in with Mr. Ray's singing. Afterwards, the song loops into "O, We're Going Home", sung by a school of stingrays.


(First part)
Oh, let's name the zones, the zones, the zones
Let's name the zones of the open sea

There's epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyal, abyssopelagic
All the rest are too deep for you and me to see

Oh, knowledge exploring is oh so lyrical
When you think thoughts that are empirical

Oh, I call a slime that doesn't wander
That's some sea and a new plunder

(Second part)

Oh, let's name the species, the species, the species
Let's name the species that live in the sea

There's porifera, coelenterata, hydrozoa, scyphozoa
Anthozoa, ctenophora, bryozoas, three
Mollusca, gastropoda, arthropoda, echinoderma
Tuck in the chordata and some fish like you and me

Come on, sing with me!

The flippers on the fish go swish swish swish
Swish swish swish
Swish swish swish

Just the girls this time!

Oh, seaweed is cool, seaweed is fun
It makes its food from the rays of the sun

(Third part; prior to Nemo's kidnapping)
Theeeeeeeere's nothing to see. Gather. Over there.

Let's make a selection, selection, selection
Make a selection on the DVD
Pick something!

Oh, let's name the zones, the zones, the zones
Let's name the zones of the open sea

Oh, seaweed is cool, seaweed is fun
It makes its food from the rays of the sun

Mr. Ray: Oh, let's go explore, explore, explore,
Let's go explore the big blue world!
Pearl: Mr. Ray, we can explore without Nemo.
I'm sure we'll see him any minute now!
Tad: Nemo!
Mr. Ray: Oh, science is great news, so much to know
Climb aboard, explorers! It's time to go!

Chickenfish: What if Nemo's swimming off to sea?!
Mr. Ray: Oh, don't worry! Just keep your eyes open for him on the way!
Tad: Nemo!
Pearl: Come out, come out, wherever you are!

Mr. Ray: Migration, migration
(with Dory joining in) Let's learn about migration
It's nature's inspiration to move around the sea

Here's a scientific promise that a fish who's Oceanodromous
Dory: Where did everyone go? I'm by myself
Oh, there they are, I'm back
(Mr. Ray: Going back, I'm by myself by 22 seas)
Mr. Ray: Plus or minus, 4 degrees based on solar positioning


  • Mr. Ray never actually names any species in his song. Porifera, Coelenterata, Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa, Anthozoa, Ctenophora, Bryozoas, Arthropoda, Echinoderma, and Chordata are all phyla, while Mollusca and Gastropada are classes. The order of classification is Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species. Although, it is revealed in the DVD that Mr. Ray isn't an actual scientist; he merely picks random stuff up. In that case, it could very well be that he randomly picked animal classifications, not knowing he was picking up the wrong information.

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Films: Finding Nemo (video) • Finding Dory (video) • Exploring the ReefMarine Life InterviewsDory's Reef CamPixar Popcorn (Dory Finding)

Video Games: Finding NemoFinding Nemo: The Continuing AdventuresFinding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue Disney UniverseNemo's ReefFinding Dory: Just Keep SwimmingDisney Crossy RoadKinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney Infinity: 3.0 EditionLEGO The IncrediblesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Music:: Finding NemoFinding DoryFinding Nemo: The MusicalFinding Nemo: Ocean Favorites
Books: Little Golden BookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingBig Golden BookThe Art of Finding NemoThe Art of Finding Dory
Cancelled projects: Finding Nemo 2

Disney Parks
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Entertainment: Disney KiteTailsFantasmic!Finding Nemo: The MusicalPixar Playtime PalsRivers of Light: We Are One
Parade: Disney Stars on ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeMickey's Storybook ExpressPaint The Night ParadePixar Play ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
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Finding Dory: JennyCharlieBaileyDestinyHankFluke and RudderGeraldBeckyOttersGiant SquidStanBillStingrays
Other: SeaRider

AustraliaGreat Barrier ReefSydney HarbourSharks' LairAbyssopelagic ZonePhilip Sherman's Dentist OfficeEast Australian CurrentAngel's CoveCaliforniaMorro BayMidnight ZoneMarine Life Institute
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Finding Nemo: Nemo EggFirst DayField TripLet's Name the SpeciesJust Keep SwimmingBeyond the Sea

Finding Dory: Main TitleO, We're Going HomeWhat a Wonderful WorldUnforgettableSolsbury Hill
Musical/Theme Parks: In The Big Blue WorldDory's DittyFish Are Friends, Not FoodWhere's My Dad?We Swim TogetherGo With the Flow

See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a BoxFinding Nemo (franchise)Finding Nemo 2