Giant eyeball washes up on Florida beach [UPDATE]

// October 12th, 2012 // General Science News

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Giant eyeball

A giant “softball-sized” eyeball washed up on a beach in south Florida yesterday, no nobody seems to know what it is.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted the following on their Facebook page:

“The FWC Tequesta Field Lab received a call that a citizen from Pompano Beach found what appeared to be a giant eye. Our staff in South Florida picked it up and placed it on ice. It will be sent for possible identification.”

It is presumed to be the eyeball of a giant squid or a whale.  Still, pretty freaky.

UPDATE: “Based on its color, size and structure, along with the presence of bone around it, we believe the eye came from a swordfish.”  A 638 pound swordfish was caught this year off Marathon – they do grow quite large.

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