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Giant eyeball found on Florida beach likely from swordfish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said today that a giant eyeball that washed up on a beach last week likely came from a swordfish, basing their conclusion on the eyeball's color, size and structure, along with the presence of bone around it.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission experts now believe that a giant eyeball found by a man walking the beach in Pompano Beach, Fla., comes from a swordfish ((AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Carli Segelson) )

Experts in Florida say a giant eyeball that washed up on a beach last week likely came from a swordfish.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Monday they based their conclusion on the eyeball's color, size and structure, along with the presence of bone around it. Genetic testing will be done to confirm the identification.

Wildlife officials say swordfish are commonly fished at this time of year in the Florida Straits offshore of South Florida. That's where the softball-sized eyeball turned up Wednesday.

The discovery and photos of the big eye created a buzz on the Internet.