Illustration for article titled An eye the size of a softball has washed ashore in Florida

Holy heck, people. Now that is an eyeball. Beach-walker Gino Covacci encountered the monstrosity yesterday while ambling about the Florida coast, and while scientists have yet to identify the creature from whence it came, the consensus seems to be that whatever it was, it was big.

According to the Sun-Sentinal, the waters of Southern Florida abound with large-eyed candidates, including tuna, whales, swordfish and sharks. Charles Messing, a professor at Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center, says he hasn't ruled out the possibility that the eye is from a giant squid, but that his money is on an unlucky swordfish.

For now, the eye has been preserved on ice and shipped to researchers at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., where it will be subjected to further analysis. We'll keep you posted on the verdict.


[Sun-Sentinel | Cosmic Log]

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