Vancouver Aquarium FISH GETS PROSTHETIC EYE
A fish at Canada’s Vancouver Aquarium was given a prosthetic eye to keep him from getting “picked on” by bullies.
Aquarium officials said the fish had one of his eyes removed about two years ago when a case of cataracts failed to heal. They said lately he has been acting distressed at the bottom of his tank.
Head vet at the aquarium, Dr. Martin Haulena said, “Before the prosthetic, he was being hurt and quite uncomfortable because he was picked on. What’s been observed with fish that are missing an eye is other fish take advantage of that . . . they kind of go to that blind side, steal food and pick on them. Ever since we put in the prosthetic the fish is right back in the mid-water column, interacting with other fish. He’s more robust. Everybody, including the fish, seem a lot happier now.”