Happy World Oceans Day! It’s the perfect time to admire and protect our world’s oceans with the debut of Disney•Pixar’sFinding Dory” swimming into theaters June 17. In anticipation of the film, we are celebrating Speak like a Whale Day June 11 at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. All theme parks at these two sites will distribute buttons to guests, and there will be special festivities at Disney Springs, as well as Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort.

At The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot, guests may have the opportunity to participate in brief personalized experiences with one of our animal experts throughout the day. Based on your interests, our cast members can provide insider’s knowledge about our animals and point out the real-life species who inspired the characters of Dory and her friends, including a sea star like Peach and clownfish like Nemo.

We know that some of you may be inspired to get a fish tank of your own after seeing the film, so here are a few things you should be aware of in order to choose the right pet fish for your family:

Wildlife Wednesday: Celebrate Speak Like a Whale Day at The Seas with Nemo & Friends June 11

On Disney.com/FindingDory, you can find a free downloadable activity packet developed by our Animals, Science and Environment Education Team that includes fun games and recycling-craft ideas. My favorite is the “Speak Like a Whale” activity, in which you work with two of Dory’s new friends, Destiny and Bailey, to decode their “whale-speak.” There is also a terrific educator’s guide and the pet ownership document above that are also available for download.

To learn more about some of the animals at the Walt Disney World Resort, including sharks, rays, sea turtles and coral reefs, visit DisneyAnimals.com.

There’s still time to brush up on your whale-speak before June 11, and you can practice by showing us in the comments below!

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