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article imageGiant eyeball washes up on Florida beach

By Layne Weiss     Oct 11, 2012 in Science
Wildlife officials in Florida are trying to determine the species of a giant blue eyeball a man found Wednesday on his morning walk in Pompano Beach.
Gino Covacci described the eyeball as the "biggest" he's ever seen, the Sun-Sentinel reports. He picked it up and put it in a plastic bag. "It was very, very fresh," he said. "It was still bleeding when I put it in the plastic bag."
Soon after, Covacci reported his bizarre discovery to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. WIldlife officers put the eyeball on ice so it can be studied at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, FL, NBC News reports.
Carli Segelson, spokeswoman for the wildlife commission, said it is likely the eyeball came from a marine animal, The AP reports. It could belong to a giant squid, a whale, or some type of large fish such as a swordfish or tuna.
Charles Messing, a professor at Nova's Southeastern University's Oceanic Center believes the eyeball came from a swordfish, but he's not quite ready to rule out a giant squid, the Sun Sentinel reports.
If necessary, researchers will use proper genetic testing to determine exactly what the eyeball came from, Segelson told Alan Boyle of NBC News. "I shouldn't say this, but they may be able to eyeball it," she joked Thursday.
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