Biology prof says eyeball may belong to big squid

Oct 12, 2012 by Freida Frisaro
This Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo made available by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore and was found by a man walking the beach in Pompano Beach, Fla. on Wednesday. No one knows what species the huge blue eyeball came from. The eyeball will be sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, FL. (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Carli Segelson)

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 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 Wednesday in Pompano Beach.

This Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo made available by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore and was found by a man walking the beach in Pompano Beach, Fla. on Wednesday. No one knows what species the huge blue eyeball came from. The eyeball will be sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, FL. (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Carli Segelson)

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

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RobL
2.3 / 5 (3) Oct 12, 2012
So Gross and so beautiful I cant stop staring into it, and wondering what its last sight was...
Sinister1811
1.7 / 5 (6) Oct 12, 2012
It probably belongs to a Swordfish or a Marlin. A quick Google image search and you can see the resemblance.
CapitalismPrevails
2 / 5 (4) Oct 12, 2012
It probably belongs to a Swordfish or a Marlin. A quick Google image search and you can see the resemblance.


I tried that and all i saw was the same eye picture. There weren't any different but similar eye pictures.
sigfpe
4.5 / 5 (2) Oct 12, 2012
Shub Niggurath
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (2) Oct 12, 2012
It's pretty fresh. So a DNA analysis should be able to clear up what species it belongs to.
djk
5 / 5 (1) Oct 12, 2012
It look,s like squid .I lived in Pompano Beach and we use spuid on our spinekers poles there smaller but blue .
VendicarD
not rated yet Oct 13, 2012
Clearly the eye belongs to a sea TonTon.

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Sinister1811
1.7 / 5 (6) Oct 13, 2012
It look,s like squid .I lived in Pompano Beach and we use spuid on our spinekers poles there smaller but blue .


The eye of a giant squid is large and white, with a black pupil. This appears to be the eye of a fish.
baudrunner
1 / 5 (2) Oct 13, 2012
Probably the result of a battle between a giant squid and a sperm whale, their only predator.
Moebius
2 / 5 (4) Oct 14, 2012
If it's a giant squid eye, it was a small squid. A full grown ones eye would be much bigger.
tonche
5 / 5 (1) Oct 14, 2012
Without a doubt it belongs to a "Mola Mola" or gaint ocean sunfish.
Squid often suck these out of the Mola Mola to disable them before they consume them. I speculate that the fish lost it during a batttle but the optic nerve severed after the attack.
You often see Mola Mola with one or both removed!
Moebius
2 / 5 (4) Oct 16, 2012
It look,s like squid .I lived in Pompano Beach and we use spuid on our spinekers poles there smaller but blue .


The eye of a giant squid is large and white, with a black pupil. This appears to be the eye of a fish.


You are probably right, last report is it's a swordfish eye.