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This Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo made available by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore and was found by a man walking the beach in Pompano Beach, Fla. on Wednesday. No one knows what species the huge blue eyeball came from. The eyeball will be sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, FL. (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Carli Segelson)

Giant eyeball on Fla. beach may be from swordfish

October 15, 2012 at 09:12 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Researchers say the giant eyeball that washed up on a South Florida beach is likely from come from a swordfish.

In a statement released Monday the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said 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 in the Florida Straits offshore of south Florida at this time of year.

The softball-size eye was found in Pompano Beach on Wednesday. The eye created a buzz on the Internet and in the marine biology community.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.