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Mystery of Giant Eyeball That Washed Ashore in Florida Solved

Carli Segelson/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Those who spent the weekend waiting impatiently for the mystery of the softball-sized eyeball in Florida to be solved can now start the week with a sigh of relief.  It in all likelihood came from a swordfish.

“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,” Joan Herrera, curator of collections at the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., said in a statement Monday.

The giant blue eye was found washed up on Pompano Beach, north of Ft. Lauderdale, by Gino Covacci while out for a stroll.  However, the identity of the creature that lost the eye has, until now, remained a mystery.

The eye was fully intact and, according to Covacci, “it was fresh,” which begs the question: how did it wind up there?  That mystery has also been solved, says Herrera.

“Based on straight-line cuts visible around the eye, we believe it was removed by a fisherman and discarded,” she said.

Experts will conduct genetic testing to verify their findings.  It wasn’t immediately clear how large a swordfish this eye might have come from, but the species can grow as large as 1,400 pounds.

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Giant Eyeball Washes Ashore in Florida

Carli Segelson/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission(POMPANO BEACH, Fla.) -- Staring out at the ocean is a favorite pastime for beach-goers everywhere. But not many folks are accustomed to the ocean staring back.

However, that's just what happened the other day to one Pompano Beach, Fla., man.

Gino Covacci was strolling down the beach on Wednesday and saw something ball-like and went to investigate. When he rolled the object over, he found it was, indeed, a ball -- a softball-sized blue eyeball.

"It was nice and clear, it was fresh," Covacci told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Covacci immediately handed over the specimen to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which planned to preserve the eye and send it to St. Petersburg for analysis.

Covacci believes what he found is the eye of a squid or octopus, but experts examining the eye aren't so sure.

"Because of bone around the eye, we can probably rule out a squid," commission spokesperson Carli Segelson told ABC News. Squid, like octopus, are invertebrates.

So what else has so huge an eye?

"It would be premature to guess," said Segelson. One possibility is that the eye came from a large fish but she declined to speculate further.

"Swordfish is one possibility," said Segelson, "but we can't even say one hundred percent that it's a fish."

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