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Giant 'Mystery Eyeball' Discovered on South Florida Beach

By Austin Amuzie - Thursday, October 11, 2012

The discovery of an enormous eyeball on a South Florida beach begs a very pertinent question: What kind of creature did it belong to? The "mystery eyeball," as it's being referred to by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, was found Wednesday by a beachcomber on Pompano Beach.

Giant eyeball found by a beachcomber Wednesday on Pompano Beach, Fla. Credit: Carli Segelson / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Carli Segelson, spokeswoman for the agency, said the eyeball is slightly larger than a baseball and presumably belonged to some kind of marine animal.

"We're hoping to determine what kind, but at this point we just don't know," Segelson said. 

The eyeball is being preserved and will be delivered to the agency's research lab in St. Petersburg, where it's hoped an identification can be made. 

Meanwhile, people who follow the agency's Facebook page are venturing guesses.

"I'm going for a whale eye ...," reads one comment.  "Giant squid?" reads another. Then there was this more adventurous theory: "A giant squid ripped out a whale's eye."

Segelson said it might be several days before an identification is made.

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