Cool Video From Groundbreaking Glass Fish Eye Implant

By Francis Yupangco 7 years agoNo Comments

I recently wrote about the groundbreaking procedure of glass eyes being implanted into two Rockfish at the Vancouver Aquarium. A video of the unique operation has recently been released. It shows the talented husbandry team at the Vancouver Aquarium completing the complex surgery.

Rockfish Prosthetic Eye Surgery

Vancouver Aquarium head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena, with help from Dr. Lesanna Lahner of Seattle Aquarium, affixes a prosthetic eye on a yellowtail rockfish (Sebastes flavidus) that had its eye removed due to cataracts. They performed the same surgery on a second rockfish, a copper rockfish (Sebastes caurinus), seen at the end of this video.

Having worked as and Aquarist and Researcher at the Vancouver Aquarium from 1996-2003, it is great to see a couple of my colleagues in the video and that the Aquarium continues to be a leader in fish health and husbandry.

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 Francis Yupangco

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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