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Florida mystery eyeball identified

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Florida mystery eyeball identified

CREATED Oct. 15, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 15, 2012

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Florida Fish and Wildlife solved a creepy week long mystery involving a softball sized eyeball discovered in the sands of Pompano Beach.

Initial speculation centered on the possibility that the eyeball came from a giant squid.

After examining the eye FWC believes the eyeball came 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 swordfish," said Joan Herrera, curator of collections at FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.

Herrera said, "Based on straight-line cuts visible around the eye, we believe it was removed by a fisherman and discarded."

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 and can reach a size of over 1,100 pounds.

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