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
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
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.