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FWC: Softball-Size Eyeball Appears To Be From Swordfish

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The mystery behind the giant eyeball that washed up on a South Florida beach may be solved.

According to researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the eyeball is believed to have come from a swordfish.

"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," said Joan Herrera, curator of collections at the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg. "Based on straight-line cuts visible around the eye, we believe it was removed by a fisherman and discarded."

Genetic testing will be done to confirm the identification.

The giant eyeball was discovered by Pompano Beach resident Gino Covacci last Wednesday.

FWC staff received the eye later that day. According to the FWC, swordfish are commonly fished in the Florida Straits offshore of South Florida at this time of year.

A highly migratory fish, swordfish can be found from the surface to as deep as 2,000 feet. Swordfish in the Atlantic can reach a maximum size of over 1,100 pounds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Swordfish feed on a wide variety of fish and invertebrates.


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