Mysterious Huge Eyeball Likely Giant Squid's

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A mysterious eyeball that washed ashore this week on a South Florida beach belonged to either a giant squid or swordfish, marine biology experts believe.



Associated Press reports that after some discussion with colleagues, Florida International University in Miami assistant biology professor Heather Bracken-Grissom came to the conclusion. She informed AP that the lens and pupil match those found in a deep sea squid's eye. She notes that a giant squid's eyes can be as large as soccer balls and they easily dislodge.

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Dan-Eric Nilsson of Lund University's Department of Biology and colleagues recently wrote about such eyes in the journal Current Biology.

Nilsson and his team wrote, "The eyes of giant and colossal deep-sea squid are 27 cm (10.6 inches) in diameter. Modeling suggests that the huge eyes are uniquely suited for spotting sperm whales."

Squid can regenerate body parts, and many marine animals can regenerate their eyes, so I can only hope that the one who lost this eye is still in the water of the living and will soon have a new eye.

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Here we recently reported that regenerated body parts are not as good as the originals. Nevertheless, any functioning part is obviously better than zilch.

The giant eyeball saga began this week when the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted a photo of the big eyeball at Facebook with the following: "The FWC Tequesta Field Lab received a call that a citizen from Pompano Beach found what appeared to be a giant eye. Our staff in South Florida picked it up and placed it on ice. It will be sent for possible identification."

The eyeball is now at a research facility in St. Petersburg.

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Sierra

You people are crazy!

...It is a spy camera sent to record humans from Mars. Pfft, EVERYBODY knows that.

October 18 2012 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
theswagg

That thing is gonna need a heck of a lot of Visine!

October 15 2012 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan

Sauron!!!

October 15 2012 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rcaste7252

...and didn't occur to anyone to place a ruler next to the eyeball or a common object for comparison?

October 15 2012 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
area31040m

This eyeball is from a Sunfish or 'mola mola'. Why can't these stupid scientists figure that out?

October 15 2012 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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stolar

Because they are stupid?...

October 15 2012 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joann

Well, they can't just look at it and say "Yup, this eye definitely came from this marine creature." They have to run tests and analyze them to really figure it out. Let's see you do what these marine biologists do. Are you trying to figure out what creature this came from? Didn't think so. Maybe you should shut up and let them do their
job. They can't just snap their fingers and come up with a definite conclusion.

October 16 2012 at 9:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hdhntr001

Why does this story keep offering guesses of either a giant squid or swordfish and not a conclusive answer. I think it looks more like a large tuna eye. That's my guess.......

October 15 2012 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dickn2000b

I just loved the phrase, "better than zilch." It's so scientific, so intelligent, SO AMATEURISH!! But that's what happens when you hire inept clods to write articles.

October 15 2012 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ibcasibang

This is an amazing find and very educational to know that there are giant creatures that are surviving all the afronts of nature's and manmade changes in this world of ours. I hope that this lose is not due to those artificial changes and will not create a monster.

October 15 2012 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bradley Duke

it's actually an alien camera mae to look like an eye, so the aliens can view our new technological advances.

October 15 2012 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sierra

At least THIS person has come to senses... geesh, it's obvious that it's a camera!

October 18 2012 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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