Beachcomber Discovers Softball-sized Eyeball
In a scenario worthy of a Stephen King novel, a beachcomber in Florida has discovered a blue eyeball the size of a softball, reportsFox News.
The unusual discovery was made at Pompano Beach near Fort Lauderdale. Since the gigantic eyeball is too large to have come from a human or domesticated animal, scientists believe that it is a body part from a large marine mammel such as a whale, an octopus or some unknown sea creature, said Carli Segelson, a spokeswoman for the commission. “I shouldn’t say this, but they may be able to eyeball it,” she told me today.
The eyeball measures approximately 3 inches in diameter, roughly ten times that of the human eyeball and showed no signs of deterioration. The man who made the mysterious discovery was simply walking along the beach when he spotted the giant orb, but his identity, too, remains a mystery.
‘It was very, very fresh,’ Gino Covacci, who discovered the eyeball told the Sun Sentinel on Thursday. ‘It was still bleeding when I put it in the plastic bag.’
Luckily, the beachcomber alerted authorities to his discovery so that the giant eyeball could be place on ice to carefully preserve it until scientists at the nearby Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute could examine it for some answers.
So what sort of creature might have an eye that size? Possible candidates include a giant squid, a whale or some type of large fish.
What do you think it is?
According to State experts the eyeball that likely came from a swordfish.
ABC News reports, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Monday they based their conclusion on the eyeball’s color, size and structure, along with the presence of bone around it. Genetic testing will be done to confirm the identification.
Officials say swordfish are commonly fished at this time of year in the Florida Straits offshore of South Florida. That’s where the softball-sized eyeball turned up Wednesday.
The discovery and photos of the big eye created a buzz on the Internet.