A man in Pompano Beach, Florida was just taking a leisurely morning stroll down the strand when he came across this giant fucking eyeball. The man, Gino Covacci, said it appeared “very fresh” when he found it, and appeared to still have blood on it. But what is it from? A squid? An octopus? A GIANT MER-MAN?
The blue, softball-sized orb he found Wednesday was a departure from the shells, cigarette butts and seaweed he usually sees. He put it in a plastic bag and put that in the refrigerator.
“It was very, very fresh,” he said Thursday. “It was still bleeding when I put it in the plastic bag.”
He notified a police officer, who gave him the phone number for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. No one could say immediately what species the giant eye came from.
Wildlife officers placed the eyeball on ice. It will be preserved in formalin, a mixture of formaldehyde and water, before being sent for analysis to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, said Carli Segelson, spokeswoman for the wildlife commission.
So what creature is now swimming around with an eye patch?
No one is certain, although the waters off South Florida abound with species large enough to be possibilities, including swordfish, tuna, sharks and whales. Giant squids are known for developing huge eyes to gather in what little light reaches their deep ocean habitat.
Charles Messing, a professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center, said he couldn’t rule out a giant squid but his examination of photographs of various marine creatures led him to think the most likely candidate was a swordfish.
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