Giant eyeball found on Florida beach

The giant eyeball found on the beach 
By: David Ross 

(Scroll down for video) A large eyeball washed up on a Florida beach, according to reports.

While taking his usual morning walk along the surf at Pompano Beach, Florida, Gino Covacci noticed a strange object like a ball on the high tide line. He kicked it and he was staring at the largest eye he had ever seen.

The blue, softball-sized eyeball found Wednesday was a deviation from the shells, cigarette butts and seaweed he usually encounters. He put it in a plastic bag and placed it in the refrigerator.

"It was very, very sweet," he said Thursday. "It was still bleeding when I put it in the plastic bag." He notified a police officer, who gave him the phone number of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Nobody could tell immediately what species the giant eyeball came from.

Wildlife officials put the eye on the ice. It is preserved in formalin, a mixture of formaldehyde and water, before being sent for analysis to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Carli Segelson, wildlife commission spokesperson said.

So what creature is swimming with an eye patch? Nobody knows for sure, but the South Florida waters contain several large species possibilities, including swordfish, tuna, sharks and whales. Giant squids are known to develop huge eyes to see in the little light in the deep ocean.

Charles Messing, professor at the Oceanographic Center of Nova Southeastern University, said he could not rule out a giant squid, but its examination of photographs of various sea creatures led him to think that it was most likely from a swordfish.

Swordfish are extremely common in South Florida, which supports an active commercial and recreational fishing routine. Segelson said the species identification could take some time, but scientists are beginning to narrow down the field.

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