Giant eyeball belonged to swordfish

Mysterious eyeball washed up on South Florida beach last week

Published On: Oct 15 2012 09:14:32 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2012 09:29:37 AM EDT
Giant eyeball washes up in Fla

Scientists have some answers about the giant eyeball that washed up on a South Florida beach last week.

The huge, blue eyeball most likely belonged to a large swordfish, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission announced Monday.

"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," the Orlando Sentinel quoted Joan Herrera, curator of collections at the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, as saying. "Based on straight-line cuts visible around the eye, we believe it was removed by a fisherman and discarded."

A beachgoer found the eyeball while taking a stroll along Pompano Beach north of Fort Lauderdale.

The discovery -- and resulting photo -- went viral online and caused a buzz in the marine biology community, according to The Associated Press.

"Any time something weird and crazy washes up on the beach, it's definitely interesting," Heather Bracken-Grissom, an assistant marine science professor at Florida International University in Miami, told the AP.