A copper rockfish that had been tormented by other fish because of its missing eye was given a prosthetic eye at the Vancouver Aquarium, Global News reported.
“Before the prosthetic, he was being hurt and quite uncomfortable because he was picked on,” said aquarium head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena.
The poor fish had an eye removed two years ago because of cataracts that wouldn’t heal. It remained at the bottom of a 69,000-liter (18,000-gallon) tank and began losing its scales.
“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],” Haulena said.
“It’s a well-known thing that there is natural aggression as different species kind of vie for the best space and habitat they’re in, so that kind of aggression is very, very normal.”