A large blue mystery eye found on a south Florida beach

Posted By on October 12, 2012

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You know those scary campfire stories that we’ve all told or heard while growing up? Well here’s one that could be adapted for beachgoers along the Atlantic coast of Florida – Jaws was getting old anyway.

I’m going to ask a good friend who’s daughter is a marine biologist … but until then, the mystery eye is unsolved.

A giant eyeball washed up on the shores of Pompano Beach, Fla. on Wednesday, sparking a mystery that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWC) is rushing to solve. Not much is known about it other than the fact that is it big and blue.

The giant eyeball was found by Pompano Beach resident Gino Covacci, who took the eye and put it in a plastic bag. He called the police, who transferred him to the Flordia Fish and Wildlife Commission. No one could immediately say what species the eyeball came from.

"It was very, very fresh," Covacci told the Orlando Sentinel. "It was still bleeding when I put it in the plastic bag."

The eyeball will be sent to St. Petersburg, Fla. to be studied.

Marine biologists couldn’t immediately identify which species of sea creature would be associated with the eye, but researchers will use genetic testing if necessary to solve the mystery, said Carli Segelson, a spokeswoman for the commission. "I shouldn’t say this, but they may be able to eyeball it," she told me today.

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