A beach-goer in Pompano Beach, Florida, was shocked when he spotted a giant eyeball that had washed ashore. He notified authorities who turned it over the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which is now running tests to determine exactly what kind of creature it came from. The FWC posted the photo above on its Facebook page, prompting people to speculate on anything from a swordfish to an alien. “Somewhere in the ocean,” speculated one commenter, “is a large whale wearing a patch over an empty eye socket!” Another added, “Arrrrrgggggh! Ye found me eyeball matey!”
Carli Segelson, a spokeswoman for the commission, said the “primary suspect right now” is that it would be a large fish. Among the possibilities are a swordfish, or a tuna, or some sort of deep-water fish species.
UPDATE: After studying the eye, researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they believe it belongs to a swordfish. “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,” said Joan Herrera, curator of collections at the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg in a press release. “Based on straight-line cuts visible around the eye, we believe it was removed by a fisherman and discarded.”