ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A giant eyeball found on a south Florida beach last week made national news and had everyone asking: where did it come from? Marine experts now believe they have the answer.
"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," Joan Herrera, curator of collections at the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg said in a written statement.
Many guessed that it came from a giant squid.
The softball-sized orb was found a beach-goer in Pompano Beach on Wednesday. It was then sent to Pinellas County for examination.
According to the statement, swordfish are commonly fished in the Florida Straits this time of year.
They are found at depths of up to 2,000 feet and can grow to more than 1,100 pounds.
Marine scientists will perform genetic testing on the eyeball to confirm identification.
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