Mystery of Giant Eyeball That Washed Ashore on Florida Beach Solved

Mystery of Giant Eyeball That Washed Ashore on Florida Beach Solved

October 15, 2012

The giant eyeball that washed ashore on a Florida beach last week has an owner. ...

According to a news release issued Monday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:

After examining an eye found on a south Florida beach this week, researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) believe the specimen came from a swordfish. Genetic testing will be done to confirm the identification.

“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,” said Joan Herrera, curator of collections at the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg. “Based on straight-line cuts visible around the eye, we believe it was removed by a fisherman and discarded.”

The approximately softball-size eye was recovered by a citizen in Pompano Beach on Wednesday. FWC staff received the eye later that day. Swordfish are commonly fished in the Florida Straits offshore of south Florida at this time of year.

Read the entire news release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission HERE.

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