- Marlin: "What if they don't like me?"
Marlin: "No, really."
Coral "There's over 400 eggs. Odds are, one of them is bound to like you."
- —Marlin and Coral talking about their eggs.
Coral knew Marlin when he was a young fish who really did enjoy clowning around. One day, Coral revealed that she would love a home with an ocean view so the devoted Marlin managed to get her a much-prized anemone at the drop-off—with a view of the whole ocean.
It is assumed that she got and the eggs got eaten by the barracuda; albeit never confirmed in the movie canon
"With a new home on the reef, a sea view, and several hundred babies on the way, Coral seemed to have a sweet life in store for her. That is until the dark day a big barracuda stopped by for dinner. In a terrible attack, Coral's dreams turned into a nightmare."
She was shown in the beginning of the movie where she and Marlin are watching over their 400 baby eggs. They were excited to be first-time parents and discussed the eggs' names. Coral says she likes the name Nemo and Marlin says only one can be Nemo, but he wants the rest to be Marlin Jr.
They later play with each other for a while until Coral is distracted by a barracuda. Marlin tells her to get back into the house. Coral swims to protect the eggs and the barracuda lunges at her. As Marlin rushes in to stop her from getting their children to safety, the barracuda smacks him with his tail, knocking him into unconsciousness.
When Marlin wakes up, he discovered that Coral and the eggs are gone after the attack. Marlin then found a single remaining egg which he named Nemo, and promises never to let anything happen to him.
- In the visual commentary for Finding Nemo, there are a few deleted scenes about Coral, including one of Nemo asking Marlin what happened to her.
- In the original storyboard of the film, it was shot so that the audience could glimpse Coral in the barracuda's mouth, but was later cut, possibly because it could have terrified younger audience viewers watching the movie.