Mystery eyeball may belong to big squid

2012-10-13 12:44
Giant eyeball

Giant eyeball

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Miami - Word that a giant eyeball washed up on a Florida beach has created a buzz on the internet and in the marine biology community.

An assistant biology professor at Florida International University in Miami on Friday said the blue eyeball may have come from a deep sea squid or a large swordfish. Heather Bracken-Grissom says she started discussing the eyeball with her colleagues as soon as they saw the pictures on the internet.

A beachgoer found it on Wednesday in Pompano Beach.

Bracken-Grissom says the lens and pupil are similar to the shape of a deep sea squid's eye. She notes that the squid's eyes can be as large as soccer balls and they easily dislodge.

Florida wildlife officials have sent it to a research facility in St Petersburg for testing.

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