Source of Huge Eyeball on Fla. Beach ID'd

Probably came from a swordfish

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 15, 2012 11:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – The softball-sized eyeball that washed up on a Florida beach last week probably belonged to a swordfish, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says. "Experts on site and remotely have viewed and analyzed the eye, and based on its color, size and structure, along with the presence of bone around it, we believe the eye came from a swordfish," an FWC curator says. "Based on straight-line cuts visible around the eye, we believe it was removed by a fisherman and discarded." A reader of NPR's Two-Way blog had pointed out that the eye was "anatomically wrong" for a giant squid, and too big for a whale.

This Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo made available by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore in Pompano Beach, Fla.
This Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo made available by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore in Pompano Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Carli Segelson)
This Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo made available by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore in Pompano Beach, Fla.
This Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo made available by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore in Pompano Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Carli Segelson)
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