Softball Sized Mystery Eyeball Appears to be From Swordfish

By: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Release Email
By: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Release Email

Mystery Eyeball Miami Florida Swordfish

St. Petersburg, FL - After examining an eye found on a south Florida beach this week, researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) believe the specimen came from a swordfish.

Genetic testing will be done to confirm the identification. “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.”

The approximately softball-size eye was recovered by a citizen in Pompano Beach on Wednesday. FWC staff received the eye later that day. 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.

For more information on swordfish, including fishing regulations, visit MyFWC.com.


Miami, FL - State wildlife officials are trying to determine the source of a softball-size eyeball that washed ashore in South Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that a man found the blue eyeball Wednesday in Pompano Beach.

It wasn't immediately clear what species of animal the eye came from. But officials placed it on ice, planning to have it analyzed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.

FWC spokeswoman Carli Segelson says the eyeball likely came from a marine animal, since it was found on a beach.

Possible candidates include a giant squid, a whale or some type of large fish.


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