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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.

Appearances

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.

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.

Lyrics

(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!
Oh...

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

Let's make a selection, selection, selection
Make a selection on the DVD
Oh...
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: 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

Trivia

  • Interestingly, Mr. Ray sings the line "It makes its food from the rays of the sun". In the English language, the word "ray" can refer to a species of fish whose relatives are sharks or a portion of light.


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Finding Nemo - Logo
Media
Films: Finding NemoFinding DoryExploring the ReefMarine Life Interviews

Video Games: Finding NemoFinding Nemo: The Continuing AdventuresFinding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue Disney UniverseNemo's ReefFinding Dory: Just Keep SwimmingDisney Crossy RoadDisney INFINITY: 3.0 EditionDisney Emoji Blitz
Soundtrack:: Finding NemoFinding DoryFinding Nemo - The Musical
Books: Little Golden BookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingBig Golden BookThe Art of Finding NemoThe Art of Finding Dory

Disney Parks
Disney's Art of Animation ResortDisney's Explorers LodgeCrush's CoasterDisney Animation BuildingFinding Nemo Submarine VoyageIt's a Small WorldNemo & Friends SeaRiderPixar Pal-A-RoundThe Seas with Nemo & FriendsTurtle Talk with Crush

Entertainment: Fantasmic!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
Firework: Disneyland ForeverHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularTree of Life AwakensWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color
Summer:Mickey's WaterWorksPixar Water Play Street Party!Summer Blast

Characters
Finding Nemo: NemoMarlinCoralDoryPearlTadSheldonMr. RayBruceAnchorChumGillNigelCrushSquirtDr. Philip ShermanDarlaAnglerfishSeagullsMoonfishWhaleTank Gang

Finding Dory: JennyCharlieBaileyDestinyHankFluke and RudderGeraldBeckyOttersGiant SquidStan

Locations
AustraliaGreat Barrier ReefSydney HarbourAbyssopelagic ZoneCaliforniaMorro BayMidnight ZoneMarine Life Institute
Objects
AquaScum 2003Pixar BallPizza Planet truckP. Sherman's Diver Goggles
Songs
Finding Nemo: Nemo EggField TripLet's Name the SpeciesJust Keep SwimmingBeyond the Sea

Finding Dory: Main TitleO, We're Going HomeWhat a Wonderful WorldUnforgettable
Musical/Theme Parks: In The Big Blue WorldGo With the Flow

See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a Box
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