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Giant Mysterious Eyeball Found on Florida Beach

Picture of giant eyeball that washed up on Florida beach
What is it? Photos by Carli Segelson / Fla. FWCC

 

Update 10/15/12 2:19PM: The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has reported that the ‘mystery eyeball’ appears to be from swordfish. Learn More.

Perhaps reminiscent of the infamous Montauk monster, a giant eyeball has washed up on a Florida beach (as if Florida needed anything else weird). The Internets are buzzing with questions: whose eye is it? What is it?

To us, it looks an awful lot like the giant squid eyeball we recently saw on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian. To find out, we inquired with some of our intrepid National Geographic grantees.

But first, where did the eye come from? According to news reports, the mysterious eye washed up on Florida’s Pompano Beach, where it was found by a beachcomber. Instead of whisking it away, as was the case in Montauk, the fine citizen handed it over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday.

Those scientists put the softball-size eye on ice and sent it to the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. A spokesperson for the commission, Carli Segelson, told NBCNews that scientists will use genetic testing to try to figure out who the eye belonged to.

“The primary suspect right now is that it would be a large fish,” Segelson told NBC, such as a swordfish, tuna, or deep-water fish.

We asked Robert L. Pitman, a marine biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service in La Jolla, California, to weigh in. Pitman has received funding from National Geographic to study killer whales.

“It probably is a squid eye–other things with eyes that big (fish, cetaceans) have them imbedded 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 out for you,” Pitman explained via email.

However, Segelson told us via phone, “From what I understand there appears to be bones around the eye, so that would rule out a squid.” Segelson added that the commission hopes to have preliminary test results by the end of today.

We also reached out to two squid experts to get their perspective. One declined to comment and we haven’t heard back from the other yet. We’ll keep you posted.

What do you think it is? (Click images to view larger)

Picture of giant eyeball

 

Picture of giant eye

 

Brian Clark Howard covers the environment for National Geographic. He previously served as an editor for TheDailyGreen.com and E/The Environmental Magazine, and has written for Popular Science, TheAtlantic.com, FastCompany.com, PopularMechanics.com, Yahoo!, MSN, and elsewhere. He is the co-author of six books, including Geothermal HVACGreen LightingBuild Your Own Small Wind Power System, and, most recently, Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater.

Comments

  1. Lynette
    lalaland city
    May 21, 2013, 1:36 am

    It is an eyePod.

  2. Brian K. Vincent
    May 14, 2013, 1:25 pm

    So….its a year later. What is it?

  3. Jim Leigheigh
    Everywhere
    April 4, 2013, 9:25 am

    Thats obviously a foot from an octopus

  4. DON
    MS
    January 21, 2013, 4:44 am

    GIANT CATFISH EYE. I POKED IT OUT WHILE NOODLING.

  5. Dhamma
    December 31, 2012, 12:01 pm

    My follow up questions are: Why was only the eye ball spared? Where’s the rest of the ‘big fish’? Or how does an eye ball turn up on a beach completely intact from it’s socket? o.O

  6. dave
    Virginia
    December 24, 2012, 2:38 pm

    I saw an alphabet the other day that was missing an “I” (eye)

  7. trustory.com.pl
    December 24, 2012, 7:04 am

    the Philosopher’s Stone I guess

  8. Joe Sax
    Chile
    December 23, 2012, 5:35 pm

    It’s a Beholder. You know, the game. The Eye Of The Beholder…

  9. gjkgyleryio123
    South Carolina
    December 18, 2012, 9:38 pm

    It is obvious that it is a SQUID EYE! All you have to do is go to Google Images, and it becomes CRYSTAL CLEAR! :D This is so cool, and I hope more mysterious finds wash up on shores around the world!

    P.S
    I’m only in middle school, don’t be mean!

    P.P.S
    I want to be a marine biologist so thumbs up! :)

  10. Johanna
    December 17, 2012, 6:24 pm

    obviously it’s a psychedelic jawbreaker

  11. Adeem zaman
    Gujar khan Pakistan
    November 12, 2012, 3:19 am

    Could we have DNA….????

  12. Mira
    Lebanon
    October 31, 2012, 5:34 am

    No one knows what is like behind blue eys!

  13. Sarah N. Hammond
    New Zealand
    October 28, 2012, 11:16 am

    Whatever it comes from, it sure is a beautiful eye :)

  14. pipin
    magelang gemilang
    October 28, 2012, 5:45 am

    just WOW. maybe sea monster eye @.@

  15. Ubaid Ur Rehman Khan
    Karachi, Pakistan
    October 25, 2012, 11:04 am

    Could we have DNA….

  16. christian
    October 24, 2012, 1:39 am

    thats one big eye

  17. Claire
    Georgia
    October 23, 2012, 8:37 pm

    This is awesome! That is one huge eye and one big Sword Fish if it is coming from one! Always makes me wonder what is out there lurking the depths of our shores. Florida is crawling with interesting sea life and to have the chance to study it is probably a lot of fun and just fascinating. I was just in Florida and saw a washed up dolphin! So sad but things happen :( I was in Palm Bay near my hotel the Palm Bay Hotel (www.palmbay-hotel.com). Besides the dolphin catastrophe, it was a nice stay in PB-cheap and a lot of fun!

  18. Thomas Hummelink
    Reykjavik
    October 22, 2012, 9:35 am

    Correction: I said Moon fish, but I mean Sun fish !! Can we win something cause I am sooo sure !!!

  19. Thomas Hummelink
    Reykjavik
    October 22, 2012, 9:28 am

    Hey people!

    I just watched a little movie on the website of National Geographic about a Moon fish. When I looked to the eyes I did remember this story. So I think this eye ball supposed to be from a huge Moon fish!

    Greetzz

  20. Kim
    October 22, 2012, 4:48 am

    the brown eyed girl

  21. Sarah
    singapore
    October 20, 2012, 12:09 am

    I think it is from a swordfish, it is bigger than a tuna’s eyeball.
    And they are right, it cannot be a squid’s. Squids’ eyeballs are so squishy!

  22. azura
    Indonesia
    October 19, 2012, 12:20 pm

    wow big eyeball

  23. greg
    Komodo
    October 19, 2012, 11:24 am

    Sorry Paul! but i have too spoil the intrigue, It is my eye! I lost it recently. Why all the fuss? Can I get it back?

  24. ;Rhoade
    Inland from the Florida beaches
    October 18, 2012, 12:31 am

    Turn it over! Where’s its optic nerve or remnant of same…???

  25. David
    October 17, 2012, 2:12 pm

    It is Gulliver’s eye and we are all Lilliputians. Science has confirmed.

  26. Daren Rivera
    Marianna, FL
    October 16, 2012, 7:59 pm

    Eye know, cause I dropped my glass eye while snorkeling at Pompano Beach

  27. Barnet Luo
    45 king street sa
    October 16, 2012, 12:20 am

    man i think it’s a fish eye just take a DNA test.

  28. Jonathan
    Morocco
    October 15, 2012, 6:43 pm
  29. Mystery
    Floribgffghh
    October 15, 2012, 4:29 pm

    WOW

  30. Mon
    October 15, 2012, 4:25 pm

    What a EYE

  31. Mon
    Florida 655dr
    October 15, 2012, 4:20 pm

    Wow that’s cool that the eyes that big and disgusting and the guy that cut that eye out should probably best tell the scientist WEIRD

  32. Matt
    United States
    October 15, 2012, 1:15 pm

    Its definitely a Swordfish eye. There is a article saying that its a Swordfish eyeball.

  33. Frank
    WA
    October 15, 2012, 12:38 pm

    I just want to know if it eats people so I can send my x-wife there on vacation-

  34. Patrick
    ca
    October 15, 2012, 12:07 pm

    SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS!

  35. Matt
    Rome, Italy
    October 15, 2012, 11:38 am

    National Geographic…Why are you publishing such “yahoo-news”-quality articles…why… :(

  36. Zhoor zain
    Libya
    October 15, 2012, 11:14 am

    any persone can he save her eyes by prevent dangerous things

  37. evergreen 47
    October 15, 2012, 8:58 am

    Popeye goes good with spinach and olive oil. Possibly the eye from a squid and a seagull flying over the beach might have dropped it . Possibly ripped from the squid in a fight and then washed up on shore. This is one your hair dresser doesnt know for sure. DNA should confirm it.

  38. serg too solid
    E.P.A
    October 15, 2012, 2:32 am

    Who cares just throw that shit away its nasty.

  39. A little girl with an opinion
    October 15, 2012, 12:03 am

    I don’t know for sure but I think maybe from something no one knows about….

  40. TheDoctor
    Gallifrey
    October 14, 2012, 10:43 pm

    Prisoner Zero has escaped….

  41. Danbo
    the beach
    October 14, 2012, 9:50 pm

    eye eye cap’n

  42. Mr.Vinh
    Vietnam
    October 14, 2012, 9:20 pm

    Squid , whale , swordfish … just it !

  43. GabbyIzASmarty!!
    Denver, CO
    October 14, 2012, 6:59 pm

    Geez people its not a whale eye!!!! A whale eye a MUCH more simple shape…
    TOTALLY a squid eye……
    And dont say mean comments about me im only 11

  44. ryann
    texas
    October 14, 2012, 4:55 pm

    Almost all of these comments are retarded. Seriously people, if you don’t have a serious opinion or say, don’t say it. This isn’t YouTube.

  45. Derick steinmann
    London
    October 14, 2012, 4:52 pm

    well there is many unidentified animals we might have not even discoverd what it is

  46. linda
    NYC
    October 14, 2012, 4:19 pm

    If I see an eye in the beach, I would call the authorities; bury it; then I will run as fast as I can.

  47. Bob
    Calafornia
    October 14, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Its a monkey’s eye for sure.

  48. Idelond
    N. Miami Beach
    October 14, 2012, 1:49 pm

    It’s the end of days… Free-masons eye logo.

  49. ehsan
    IRAN
    October 14, 2012, 1:03 pm

    very very biautifull. Greatness of God

  50. Ananthu Kannan
    INDIA
    October 14, 2012, 12:44 pm

    it’s better to find what’s eye that is…….. really mysterious…..

  51. nanthuu
    trichy
    October 14, 2012, 12:26 pm

    it is a alien eye or big fish eye

  52. S.B Shim
    South Korea
    October 14, 2012, 11:41 am

    it assumed that the ocean sunfish’s eye.

  53. igor
    October 14, 2012, 10:11 am

    Moby Dick’s

  54. Leo
    China
    October 14, 2012, 9:33 am

    It’s from alien!!!

  55. plaz4
    malaysia
    October 14, 2012, 9:12 am

    it may be a whale eye or a GIGANTIC squid eye and has a little chance to be a unknown species.

  56. CHANDER PRAKASH
    INDIA
    October 14, 2012, 9:03 am

    Its eye of COLOSIAL SQUID.

  57. SEOvigyan.com
    October 14, 2012, 8:57 am

    Some giant fish eye…

  58. barry
    October 14, 2012, 8:49 am

    eye don’t know

  59. Tom
    Planet earth
    October 14, 2012, 7:19 am

    Whoooooo…. lives in a pineapple under the sea!!!!

  60. asim
    india
    October 14, 2012, 6:03 am

    i think its a whale eye.

  61. Eljash Com.
    Poland
    October 14, 2012, 5:57 am

    Happy Tree Friends in real life… and seriously, I think it’s squid eye. Or maybe it’s some undiscovered species? By the way I see the similarity between this https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-T8PBxbvpm54/UHqL8G39o9I/AAAAAAAAAKE/aQV_UvNWdyg/s600/eye.jpg and this https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-M_eKOhLU8bQ/UHqL85mMLqI/AAAAAAAAAKI/xi_lCFn_xDw/s480/portal.jpg

  62. Laila
    Lebanon
    October 14, 2012, 3:14 am

    It’s a giant Calamar eye!!!!!!!

  63. Danielle
    October 14, 2012, 12:23 am

    I have reason to believe that the giant eye is that of a lanternfish;due to the size and color of the eyeball. Lanternfish have humongous eyes because they have to adapt to the depths of the water they live in. The size and color help them to refract the light of other fish so they can eat. I’m just a homemaker with just a small town high school diploma but it just kinda makes sense to me. We’ll see..I can’t wait to hear the news

  64. gshfgdhusbhyi ukm
    china
    October 14, 2012, 12:01 am

    awesome i eat these things for breakfast tree dorrar per eryball

  65. Susan
    Canada
    October 13, 2012, 10:06 pm

    I think it could be a whale eye.

  66. Diane
    RI
    October 13, 2012, 9:30 pm

    ok…this is weird….it seems not soft like it said

  67. BermudaTriangle
    October 13, 2012, 9:04 pm

    Uhhhhh…do I sense a prequel to the movie “Goonies”?

  68. sean Celecki
    San Diego Ca
    October 13, 2012, 6:55 pm

    maybe its the awwwww of davy jongs !! Rrrrrrr

  69. crazy girl
    October 13, 2012, 5:18 pm

    sword fish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  70. crazy girl
    florida
    October 13, 2012, 5:14 pm

    maby its a whale eye

  71. 黃培淳
    Taiwan
    October 13, 2012, 5:11 pm

    I’m looking forward to know what is that biggest eye.
    I really admire your work!!
    You can know a lot of new things………………..

  72. Sophie M.
    901 Church Rd. Oreland, Pa 19075
    October 13, 2012, 5:00 pm

    I think some really big shark that scientists don’t know about…

  73. Racquel Morris
    Tularosa, NM
    October 13, 2012, 3:43 pm

    My son Caleb (11) wants to know if this could possibly be the eye of an Ichthyosaurs. The eye sure looks like one found in his dino encyclopedia. Thanks so much!

  74. Brent Tyrone Whetter
    United States
    October 13, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Obviously a gnat.

  75. Christ
    Miami
    October 13, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Its Antichrist eye

  76. Rich
    October 13, 2012, 1:55 pm

    Jabba the huts eye

  77. Carol W Pleake
    United States
    October 13, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Eye was reading posts and my best guess is some sharks eye. Maybe Swordfish.

  78. BILL
    MOTHER'S WOMB
    October 13, 2012, 12:59 pm

    This does prove there other undicover creatures out there.

  79. Daniel
    October 13, 2012, 12:55 pm

    Perhaps it is my eye! Who can help me find the other one?

  80. Karen
    Greenville SC
    October 13, 2012, 11:58 am

    Marlin or Swordfish Squid iris is shaped vertically. IF it were giant squid then we should also see sperm whales more frequently on our coast. Where there is food there are predators.

  81. ranel
    ksa
    October 13, 2012, 11:53 am

    It’s giant webcam!

  82. Lynn Davis
    Cape Coral, Fl
    October 13, 2012, 10:50 am

    “Here’s looking at you, kid

  83. Ibrahim
    October 13, 2012, 10:04 am

    Manta ray I think or other species of Manta

  84. Mohammad reza
    Iran , Tabriz
    October 13, 2012, 9:41 am

    It’s Not EYE !

  85. Niko
    October 13, 2012, 9:40 am

    Definitely Sardinella zunasi Fukushimencis… Im absolutely sure it is a Manbearpigfishpigeon’s

  86. Miguel
    Almada, Portugal
    October 13, 2012, 8:58 am

    I do not think its a Cephalopod eye, as it seems to have red blood (hemoglobyn) instead of the more blueish blood (hemocyanin).
    Second, Whales (not my specialty), I believe, have eyebrows and eye lashes. Also, the skin should have more visible pores.
    Therefore I believe it is most likely a fish. I can not remember doe what kind of fish have blue filters in their eyes (maybe mesopelagic to deep living).

  87. Sid
    New York
    October 13, 2012, 8:38 am

    Not sure, but I’ll keep an eye out for clues.

  88. marjorie Mitilineos
    Illinoisa
    October 13, 2012, 8:34 am

    a Kraken!

  89. nala
    China Zhejiang province Wenzhou city
    October 13, 2012, 8:21 am

    What a wonderful and mysterical stoy,but the picture of the enormous size eyeball is so fantabulous.Mabye the eyeball is from the alien,and i’m so looking forward to seeing results.
    That someday i can touch the eyeball with my own hands.

  90. az
    October 13, 2012, 8:06 am

    Manbearpig

  91. Matt L
    Ontario,Canada
    October 13, 2012, 6:45 am

    Megalodon shark!!! :D would be awesome!

  92. G-Lopez
    Palmetto, Florida
    October 13, 2012, 5:51 am

    99.9% Certain it is from a Large Ocean Sunfish

  93. E sullivan
    Hatteras island nc
    October 13, 2012, 5:19 am

    Finally,an eye of a hurricane to study.

  94. OJ
    Sing
    October 13, 2012, 4:28 am

    EYE OF KATRINA (THE HURRICANE)

  95. Manny
    Los Angeles
    October 13, 2012, 4:26 am

    Confirmed !!!! See Paul Ryan’s analysis in FoxNews !..

  96. Manny
    los Angeles
    October 13, 2012, 4:19 am

    Based on the anatomy, the circumstances under which it was found (in FL), and its size, this thig clearly is the eye of a Hurricane !!!

  97. Manny
    India
    October 13, 2012, 4:07 am

    Was a DNA test done?

  98. Felicia
    Bethlehem, Pa
    October 13, 2012, 3:50 am

    Im going to say no to any kind of fish, unless its a fish we have yet to discover. Because if thats a fish eye…. that thing was HUGE!

  99. No Way
    Eye banks
    October 13, 2012, 3:47 am

    I was walking down the beach the other day, and osmething caught my eye….

  100. sunshine
    philippines
    October 13, 2012, 3:34 am

    it looks like a tuna eye to me (marlin, blue fin, yellow fin).

  101. Manny
    LA
    October 13, 2012, 3:31 am

    Based on the anatomy, and the circumstances under which the specimen was found ( in FL) and the size, this HAS TO BE be the eye of a Hurricane

  102. rami ghoson
    lebanon,beirut
    October 13, 2012, 2:05 am

    this is the eye of destiny. may be a giant squid eye. only the FBI knows.

  103. Bobby
    Van Nuys, CA
    October 13, 2012, 2:01 am

    The Trollenberg Terror

  104. tey
    City of San Fernando
    October 13, 2012, 1:09 am

    So many speculations.DNA fingerprinting will determine the organism. I hope they release the findings soon.

  105. আরমান
    Internet
    October 13, 2012, 1:06 am

    A giant robotic eye

  106. JB
    October 13, 2012, 1:06 am

    It didn’t feel that much pain anyway!

  107. Ben
    United States
    October 13, 2012, 12:18 am

    It’s the eye of a tuna, no the eye of a shark, washing up on the beaches of our country. It’s the last known survivor of an undersea fight and he’s watching us all in the EYE… of the tiger. Shark. Kraken. Maybe.

  108. Demmy
    Cali
    October 12, 2012, 11:48 pm

    Turtle eyeball

  109. gar
    Tucson
    October 12, 2012, 11:46 pm

    I don’t know

  110. Bob...:)
    October 12, 2012, 11:27 pm

    What makes you sure it’s an eye……. Anyway if u would guess which eye, I would say…swordfish.

  111. Unanomus
    Unanomus
    October 12, 2012, 11:21 pm

    Though I’m no expert, the ocean is a very mysterious place where new species are discovered time and time again. In my preference, this could be a new (or oversized known) species of deep sea stone fish. Some can grow to extreme sizes and the ocean most definitely has some tricks up its sleeves.

  112. Great Scott
    October 12, 2012, 11:15 pm

    No DNA test needed — just look for the giant fish wearing an eye patch :-o

  113. Bob
    Earth
    October 12, 2012, 11:15 pm

    It’s a swordfish eye

  114. Gihan
    Egypt
    October 12, 2012, 11:13 pm

    It may be an eye for a little whale

  115. julius
    philipines
    October 12, 2012, 11:09 pm

    that eye is the eye of the giant octupus its BIG.

  116. Joshua Farmer
    Charlotte, NC
    October 12, 2012, 11:02 pm

    “Perhaps reminiscent of the infamous Montauk monster, a giant eyeball has washed up on a Florida beach (as if Florida needed anything else weird). The Internets are buzzing with questions: whose eye is it? What is it?”

    The “internets?” Since when did National Geographic start employing writers that use improper tense and cyber jargon?

    Fail.

  117. McShayne
    NYC
    October 12, 2012, 11:00 pm

    It is the eye of a huge fish called (marlin)

  118. Kurt Flanagan
    CA.
    October 12, 2012, 10:58 pm

    All kidding aside. Come on you guys, “ITS KING NEPTUNE.S EYE”……..

  119. Richard L Walker
    Pensacola, FL
    October 12, 2012, 10:51 pm

    Looks like it might be a power company insulator from a power pole. lol

  120. LOL
    October 12, 2012, 9:47 pm

    Sorry, what did the two “squid experts” have to do that was more important?

  121. Gani nasib
    sabah malaysia
    October 12, 2012, 9:31 pm

    This is the eye of a large octopus

  122. Afroze Chida
    October 12, 2012, 9:07 pm

    Mitt Romney’s eye

  123. DAWN
    FLORIDA
    October 12, 2012, 9:01 pm

    could it be E.T.’s eye..no just kidding- I am thinking sword fish.

  124. Susan
    Nederland
    October 12, 2012, 8:46 pm

    What makes you so sure it’s an eye??

  125. martin black
    surrey
    October 12, 2012, 8:27 pm

    I didn’t know Marty Feldman died at sea?

  126. sonja
    mi
    October 12, 2012, 8:14 pm

    probly sucks to be that guy who lost an eye

  127. Brian
    Charleston
    October 12, 2012, 8:10 pm

    When you get the report back from the scientists, please be sure to get us an estimate of how big that fish was.

  128. Etivac38
    October 12, 2012, 8:09 pm

    It’s squidwards right eye. Patrick, play nice you little shit!

  129. Pet
    October 12, 2012, 7:47 pm

    It is a swordfish eye

  130. Chaz
    earth
    October 12, 2012, 7:40 pm

    Definitely Not the Eye of Sauron!

  131. Cameron
    United States
    October 12, 2012, 7:07 pm

    Its pupil is to round for tuna, it resembles a swordfish eye…… but it would have to be the biggest swordfish on record if thats the case. Not a whale eye, looks nothing like a whale eye. Doesnt look like a giant squid eye either, maybe thats ehy a no comment from the expert. Too colorful.

  132. Alan Parson's Project
    Retirement Village
    October 12, 2012, 6:51 pm

    The Eye in the Sky (formerly)…now, the Eye in the Sand

  133. chad
    usa
    October 12, 2012, 6:49 pm

    My, little red ridinghood, what a big eye you have.

  134. One eyed
    Diego Garcia
    October 12, 2012, 6:48 pm

    It’s Big Brother’s

  135. Pet
    US
    October 12, 2012, 6:41 pm

    Looks like a Sailfish or Swordfish eye-and is about the right size. Probably attacked by a shark since it still looks rather fresh and not clouded over like a carcass eye…

  136. jim
    October 12, 2012, 6:29 pm

    its from a Gyarados !!

  137. Jaye
    Kuwait
    October 12, 2012, 6:16 pm

    I can’t be positive, but I’m pretty sure that’s about the right size for a pelagic Lampriform, who – if remember correctly – were commonly depicted as messengers of the Great Dagon of Assyrian Myth. Of course, I nearly failed my Ancient Biologies class at Miskatonic back in 2006, so this might all be a well-crafted hallucination.

  138. Jilly
    Bury St Edmunds
    October 12, 2012, 6:09 pm

    eye eye!

  139. JoeBiden
    The Ocean
    October 12, 2012, 6:06 pm

    “The primary suspect right now is that it would be a large fish,” *GASP* Really?!

  140. Clara Tyson
    Holden Beach, North Carolina
    October 12, 2012, 6:02 pm

    It’s obviosly a sword fish eye. Just look at pictures.

  141. maranda
    Waynesboro pa
    October 12, 2012, 6:02 pm

    It looks like it belongs to a whale not sure what kind of whale but whales are very big and that is a big eye.

  142. Luciano
    Italy
    October 12, 2012, 6:02 pm

    Ocean sunfish (Mola mola) in my opinion

  143. ShaotLinc
    October 12, 2012, 5:42 pm

    I doubt it’s a squid eye. According to my research, cephalopods have square pupils.

  144. Benji
    Livingston Tennessee
    October 12, 2012, 5:37 pm

    so that’s Florida’s one eyed monster…lol

  145. richard
    maine
    October 12, 2012, 5:27 pm

    I read the whole thread and the eyes have it!

  146. liz
    uk
    October 12, 2012, 5:22 pm

    tuna’s eye left by chinese fisherman from his lunchbox !!

  147. debbie
    florida
    October 12, 2012, 5:13 pm

    MY EYE MY EYE

  148. Raoul Grigsby
    Elk River Minnesota
    October 12, 2012, 5:02 pm

    That eye belongs to a large blue fin tuna or that family of fishes.

  149. xpez
    October 12, 2012, 4:43 pm

    Excuse me has anyone seen my pet eyeball it ran away the other day?

  150. connie adams
    United States
    October 12, 2012, 4:43 pm

    Its a shark eye.

  151. Clapttrap
    Pandora
    October 12, 2012, 4:39 pm

    My eye! You found my eye! And I thought that a Bullymong had it last. Thanks for finding it. Now can I have it back?

    -CL4P-TP

  152. franagain
    Panama (previously Roswell)
    October 12, 2012, 4:36 pm

    remember Roswell? it only took 60+ years for an alien eyeball to find its way from a sewer in NM to the Atlantic. It had nothing else to do but grow.

  153. olfa
    tunis
    October 12, 2012, 4:25 pm

    it could be a giant kalamar, i guess

  154. dinnurdin
    pangkalan bun, indonesia
    October 12, 2012, 4:04 pm

    It’s look like whale eyeball

  155. Sander Schrantz
    Lake Worth, Florida
    October 12, 2012, 3:59 pm

    Very unlikely a squid eye, the water doesn not get deep enough here for a squid that large.

  156. Sander Schrantz
    Lake Worth, Florida
    October 12, 2012, 3:58 pm

    It looks like a swordfish eye to me. They live just a few miles off the coast here in Florida, and because they are large, mostly noctural fish, they have very large eyes. It probably got dislodged while being eaten by a shark or accidentaly poked out by a fisherman while gaffing it. Swordfishing in the Florida gulfstream is very popular right now.

  157. Ahmed MahmoudIbrahim
    Egypt
    October 12, 2012, 3:56 pm

    It would be a fish`s eye because of it skin shape and color but which kind of fish?? this is the qestion

  158. Marcos Uchoa
    Maceio- Alagoas- Brazil
    October 12, 2012, 3:55 pm

    It looks like a big fish eye that was problably sucked from another bigger hungry animal and left behind by its bad taste. I have seen this same situation with smaller starved fishes, mainly goldfishes and carps.

  159. Joe
    NE
    October 12, 2012, 3:55 pm

    For Pete’s sake, sequence some of the DNA and know for sure.

  160. amelia
    uk
    October 12, 2012, 3:41 pm

    i think that it belongs to a giant squid or a whale of some type its even might be a creature really deep down and we dont know about because evalution is still going so you can never be too sure about things

  161. francis
    dubai
    October 12, 2012, 3:31 pm

    its an eye of tuna

  162. CP
    October 12, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Looks like a sunfish’s eye!

  163. sparrow
    October 12, 2012, 3:22 pm

    little kraken

  164. Jason martin
    Australia
    October 12, 2012, 3:17 pm

    A big murray river cod got lost :)

  165. Jeff
    las vegas nevada
    October 12, 2012, 3:07 pm

    Check with Dexter

  166. Joe Hagy
    United States
    October 12, 2012, 2:59 pm

    I would suggest comparing it to some of the largest flat fish eyes. Especially those that extend upwards from their bodies. Flat fish lie buried during the day and a trawler fishing rig could have easily cut the eye off of a flat fish on the bottom. The larger the flat fish the greater the possibility of that happening.

  167. MGK
    United States
    October 12, 2012, 2:55 pm

    Could it be an aquatic relative of Mike Wazowski’s?

  168. Lea
    Cúcuta, Col.
    October 12, 2012, 2:44 pm

    We will wait for scientiphic testing!!!

  169. francisco cabello
    United States
    October 12, 2012, 2:40 pm

    looks like a whale eye.

  170. Christo
    South Africa
    October 12, 2012, 2:40 pm

    I would tend to a whale’s eye, but answer me this, how many species in the ocean is yet to be discovered?

  171. Kim
    Alaska
    October 12, 2012, 2:30 pm

    An eye for an eye… It’s a symbolic warning gift from the depths of the sea. And thanks to the magic of technology it now stares back at all of us, as it did the original beachcomber who found it.

  172. Charlie
    United States
    October 12, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Giant Grouper?

  173. Luis
    October 12, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Cthulhu

  174. Tess
    california
    October 12, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Would it be to far fetched to say, perhaps an octapus. an eyeball from an octapus.

  175. Arturo
    México
    October 12, 2012, 2:26 pm

    A squid

  176. jess
    USA
    October 12, 2012, 2:26 pm

    all of the pictures I find of swordfish, don’t have such a perfectly round pupil like this one…. Can’t wait to hear what it really is!

  177. gregg
    ohio
    October 12, 2012, 2:24 pm

    It’s a magic 8-Ball

  178. RED
    October 12, 2012, 2:09 pm

    Hulk Hogans Web Cam

  179. haybee077
    nigeria
    October 12, 2012, 1:58 pm

    Alien camera

  180. RED
    October 12, 2012, 1:52 pm

    One Eyed Sponge Bob

  181. Bill Haggerty
    United States
    October 12, 2012, 1:46 pm

    Can’t you use genetic testing the tissue left on the eyeball to determine what it is from?

    • Brian Clark Howard
      October 12, 2012, 2:00 pm

      Yep, that’s what Florida scientists are doing now. It takes a little while though.

  182. shan
    Australia
    October 12, 2012, 1:44 pm

    First impression is Tuna. Must be a huge one eh

  183. Sarah F
    October 12, 2012, 1:44 pm

    First world problems.

  184. arundhati
    Kolkata
    October 12, 2012, 1:44 pm

    Would love to say that it belonged to ‘Mad Eye Moody’! :) On second thoughts…could it be some mineral deposit?…as organic stuff would probably rot away.

  185. jj
    colorado
    October 12, 2012, 1:42 pm

    Is it an eye from the whale that washed up in Australia?

  186. Christian Espinel
    Hong Kong SAR China
    October 12, 2012, 1:40 pm

    Giant Squid.

  187. Sara
    Hawaii
    October 12, 2012, 1:37 pm

    “You’ll shoot your eye out.” (A Christmas Story)
    SOMEone should’a listened to mama.

  188. OBR
    SF
    October 12, 2012, 1:35 pm

    Eye eye, cap’n!

  189. Zana Flora
    Azores
    October 12, 2012, 1:32 pm

    Well, a swordfish lost an eye…

  190. Leon Khorchidian
    Canada
    October 12, 2012, 1:32 pm

    it looks like an Oreo Dory fish eye I know they are only found in Australia but the Ocean is big and we have not even scratch the surface of whats down there

  191. simsim
    October 12, 2012, 1:31 pm

    Whale

  192. Peter
    sc
    October 12, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Mola mola perhaps?

  193. Susana
    Argentina
    October 12, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Turttle

  194. Toofer Flynchman
    FL, USA
    October 12, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Did the other sea creatures eat the rest of the mysterious body, then become too full to eat the eye? And is it common for whale eyes to just pop out?

  195. dpgj
    October 12, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Alien

  196. C.J.
    Australia
    October 12, 2012, 1:20 pm

    It belongs to a Swordfish or a Marlin. A quick Google image search and this becomes immediately obvious.

  197. Rumplestiltskin
    Easter Island
    October 12, 2012, 1:18 pm

    Why don’t you just taste it. I’m sure its not a chicken’s

  198. Patrão
    October 12, 2012, 1:18 pm

    It’s a fish eye

  199. Ollie
    Sweden
    October 12, 2012, 1:15 pm

    Swordfish.

  200. Jeremy
    Florida
    October 12, 2012, 1:15 pm

    Why would a Squid expert decline to comment? What a moron. It’s not like we’re asking about national security.

  201. Bojan
    Slo
    October 12, 2012, 1:13 pm

    maybe the whale tried to mate with goldfish….unluckily

  202. Terence
    October 12, 2012, 1:09 pm

    I believe Paul King is right…. it suprises me though, as to how long the “experts” take to recognise one!! http://carlsafina.org/2011/07/15/mysterious-predators/

  203. Marisabelle Bonnici
    Malta
    October 12, 2012, 1:09 pm

    I’m going with Swordfish

  204. SpaceTraveller
    Amsterdam
    October 12, 2012, 1:06 pm

    looks like swordfish eye…waste after fishing.

  205. Quadro Preto
    October 12, 2012, 1:04 pm

    God had a car accident…

  206. Marion Heintze
    Poole/Dorset
    October 12, 2012, 1:01 pm

    This is a Swordfish Eye

  207. Mees
    Sint jansklooster
    October 12, 2012, 1:00 pm

    a giant squid eye

  208. Qaz Janssen
    October 12, 2012, 1:00 pm

    Just like Paul King wrote, it appears to be a swordfish eye. To help you confirm this, here is a link to a photo of a swordfish eye): http://www.jerrychunn.com/images/swordfish-eye1.gif
    On this photo you can see the place of the eye ball within the fish’s head: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abetterjulie/90240197/

  209. chuck
    wildwood, nj
    October 12, 2012, 12:59 pm

    could be one of marty feldmans’ eyeballs.? lol

  210. Alexander Pierrot Meuleman
    Belgium
    October 12, 2012, 12:58 pm

    This sure is an eye-catcher

  211. Aaron B Cole
    Galveston, Texas
    October 12, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Puts a whole new meaning to the phrase, “I’ve got an eye on you!”

  212. amy
    canada
    October 12, 2012, 12:56 pm

    I am going with squid!

  213. leontheafrican
    Africa
    October 12, 2012, 12:55 pm

    Perhaps it belongs to a sperm whale

  214. James Ghosn
    Lebanon
    October 12, 2012, 12:55 pm
  215. Nick K. van Hackfort
    The Netherlands
    October 12, 2012, 12:52 pm

    I think its from a Allien!!

  216. Odín
    Mexico
    October 12, 2012, 12:49 pm

    Could be a Humpback one.

  217. marissa
    October 12, 2012, 12:48 pm

    I think it’s Spongebob’s left eye.

  218. Lauren S
    Rochester, NY
    October 12, 2012, 12:47 pm

    I’m thinkin’ THE KRAKEN!

  219. Scott
    edmonton
    October 12, 2012, 12:45 pm

    as far as I can tell it’s a squid eye

  220. JW
    Office
    October 12, 2012, 12:40 pm

    It looks like a portable sound speaker cone.

  221. ZimBobWay
    fl
    October 12, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Was’nt Marty Feldman buried at sea?

  222. YO
    NM
    October 12, 2012, 12:12 pm

    THAT IS A WHALES EYE BALL

  223. Don
    IL
    October 12, 2012, 12:07 pm

    It’s a new iphone camera!

  224. nemo
    October 12, 2012, 12:06 pm

    I know what an eye is, what the hell is on her arm?

  225. Johnny Walker
    Accident, MD
    October 12, 2012, 12:00 pm

    It’s obviously a weather balloon.

  226. jim
    illinois
    October 12, 2012, 11:57 am

    dont worry I’ll keep an eye out for whatever it is

  227. pankaj
    India
    October 12, 2012, 11:55 am

    is it un identify animal eye than what happen?

  228. Sean
    United States
    October 12, 2012, 11:55 am
  229. Steven
    Wisconsin
    October 12, 2012, 11:50 am

    It’s Paul Ryan’s…Biden knocked it out last night and it got all the way to FL!

  230. Bill
    Hell
    October 12, 2012, 11:50 am

    It’s just one of The Residents (minus top hat, tux, and cane).

  231. Randall
    Missouri
    October 12, 2012, 11:46 am

    Carl W Albritton, thank you for the laugh.

  232. Joe
    October 12, 2012, 11:44 am

    A new realm of organic photography…

  233. rc
    longgguyland ny
    October 12, 2012, 11:40 am

    Previw of “final destination 6″

  234. Bob zesiger
    IL
    October 12, 2012, 11:39 am

    good job Carl w Albritton from one smart a## to another!

  235. trpclman
    October 12, 2012, 11:36 am

    It’s a whale of an eye

  236. Tuco
    ny
    October 12, 2012, 11:32 am

    It is Lord Sauron’s Eye

  237. John Anderson
    United States
    October 12, 2012, 11:28 am

    Mothra, your eye is in Florida.

  238. Gary
    October 12, 2012, 11:27 am

    Its somebody’s lunch obviously…

  239. Jon
    NJ
    October 12, 2012, 11:21 am

    Oh wow… my eye floated all the way to florida.

  240. Boomer
    United States
    October 12, 2012, 11:16 am

    Why would a “squid expert” decline to comment?

  241. Carl W Albritton
    United States
    October 12, 2012, 11:12 am

    Here is a suggestion: Just hold it in your hands, close your eyes, ask a simple yes or no question, shake it briskly, then wait for the answer to appear.

  242. Paul King
    Duluth, mn
    October 12, 2012, 11:11 am

    It’s a swordfish eye. I’ve caught several off south Florida

  243. jim
    ny
    October 12, 2012, 11:09 am

    A whale eye