South Florida beaches are usually places where people find sea shells, tiny crawling creatures and a shark tooth here and there, but a man walking on Pompano Beach Wednesday came across something out of the ordinary.
A giant eyeball.
Large enough to fit into his cupped hands, the beach stroller made a few calls and eventually got in touch with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who had an interest in his discovery, Carli Segelson, spokeswoman for the FWC told HuffPost Miami. (See photos below.)
"This is definitely an unusual situation, where an eye would be found independent of any other body part," she said.
Later in the day, an FWC employee came to pick up the blue-and-purple-colored eyeball and put it on ice. It will be shipped to the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Center in St. Petersburg, where staffers hope to make an identification.
"It will probably take a little while to identify the eye," Segelson said.
Could it be a giant squid?
Could it be a big-eye thresher shark?
Could it be a marlin?
Could it be a sunfish?
Could it be a giant grouper?
Could it be a swordfish?
Could it be a blue fin tuna?
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