Huge Mysterious Eyeball Washes Up on Florida Shore

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Huge Mysterious Eyeball Washes Up on Florida Shore

Eye have no idea what this is.

Picture this: You are strolling along your favorite beach, taking in the serene morning sun with Scruffy, your new and rambunctious corgi puppy. It's Florida, so the autumnal weather hasn't quite put a damper on your early morning ritual. Both you and Scruffy are feeling frisky, so you let him of his leash to run in the waves and poke around in the seaweed. You laugh as Scruffy dashes into the cool green waves, yipping in delight, before sniffing at something in the sand. "What's that you got there, boy?" you might ask before - "Poseidon's Trident, WHAT IS THAT THING?"

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At least, I imagine that's what happened when someone discovered a huge disembodied eyeball in Pompano Beach, 30 miles north of Miami, yesterday morning. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had officials quickly go to pick up the specimen and posted pictures of the eyeball on its this is what I pictured [https://www.facebook.com/MyFWC] - placed the monstrous eye on ice and promised to perform DNA tests to identify what species it might be from.

Other marine biologists chimed in as to what creature could have such a large optic organ. "It probably is a squid eye - other things with eyes that big (fish, cetaceans) have them embedded in hard tissue. Squid eyes are in relatively soft tissue and more likely to dislodge as in the photo you sent. A quick DNA analysis could easily sort it our for you," said Robert L. Pitman, a marine biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service in La Jolla, California.

Not so fast, Pitman. Apparently, there is more to this eye than meets the eye. "There appears to be bones around the eye, so that would rule out a squid. The primary suspect right now is that it would be a large fish," said Carli Segelson from the Florida commission and she was confident the experts would identify the species soon. "I shouldn't say this, but they may be able to eyeball it."

Har de har har, Carli. This is no laughing matter. I'm the only person authorized to make bad fisheye puns here.

Source: National Geographic [http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/10/12/giant-mysterious-eyeball-found-on-florida-beach/]

(Image [http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfwcmedia/sets/72157631747673243/with/8078019170/])

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Scarim Coral

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Eye see what you did there.

Wow that is an sight for sore eye and the eye itself is cetainly eye candy to be put on display in your home!

I really want to know which animal that eye was from.
 

Volstag9

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Eye wonder if it could be a new species?

The ocean is like space. That place is so mysterious you never know what you might find. Nothing is really impossible.
 

Gabanuka

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Eye, eye, eye don't understand what eye'm looking it.


Seriously though, this is interesting stuff, I'm guessing Cthulu or marketing stunt.
 

MetallicaRulez0

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This is why I don't swim in the ocean. There are things THAT big out there. No thanks. Call me paranoid, don't care. I'm paranoid and safely on shore.
 

Eric the Orange

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I'm no marine biologist, but what's the size ratio of eye to body on marine life. I mean whales are enormous but if they have relatively tiny eyes it could be a whale eye.


... eye pun
 

antipunt

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Not so fast, Pitman. Apparently, there is more to this eye than meets the eye
>_>

*slow clap

slightly off topic, I want a Corgi puppy named Scruffy... ;_;
 

bliebblob

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As a future biologist, my money is on squid. They have highly developed huge eyes that look a lot like a human's.

EDIT: read the whole article now and I guess I was wrong. But in my defence, I'm pretty sure you can't know about the bone thing just from looking at pictures. Hence why all the professionals also guessed squid.
 

Nurb

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That must be one big fuckin fish if it's got bones in it!

It looks so perfect though... are we sure this isn't a marketing thing?
 

ritchards

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Solved! It's a sword fish eye.

http://deepseanews.com/2012/10/solved-where-did-the-big-eye-in-the-sea-come-from/
 

Hazy992

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ritchards said:
Solved! It's a sword fish eye.

http://deepseanews.com/2012/10/solved-where-did-the-big-eye-in-the-sea-come-from/
Well that's clearly just a coverup. It's obviously some sort of cyclops that 'The Man' doesn't want us knowing about. They'll be telling us it's a weather balloon next! ;)
 

Xan Krieger

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If that's the eye I really wanna see the fish it came from. If it's a swordfish then that's one monster fish.