Someone lost an eyeball

Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Carli Segelson

Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Carli Segelson

…And it’s definitely not a human.

A massive blue-hued eyeball washed ashore in Pompano Beach, Florida where it was found by local resident Gino Covacci. Covacci put the grapefuit-sized organ into a plastic bag and called up the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission which is preserving the eye, then shipping it off to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute for identification.

So far the possible candidates are squid, whale, tuna, shark or swordfish, with the swordfish in the lead. However, a report from the Associated Press suggests it belonged to deep sea squid. Assistant biology professor Heather Bracken-Grissom at the Florida International University in Miami says the pupils and lens are very similar to those of a squid, which have been known to get much bigger than the one found on the beach. Bracken-Grissom says they also dislodge fairly often.

In any case, there is one gigantic sea creature out there that’s going to be dealing with a lot of depth perception problems.

 

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