swordfish eyeball
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Science.

The Internet went wild with interest when pictures emerged of a softball sized blue eyeball that had washed up on a Florida beach. Some assumed it belonged to a giant squid or some other huge deep sea creature. The state is now saying that the eyeball came from a swordfish.

Sadly, that’s where this eyeball story takes a turn towards the depressing. One might ask, how did a swordfish lose its eye? Joan Herrera from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission believes based on the cut marks (down to the bone) that this eye was cut out of the body of the fish by an angler.

Swordfish can be between 5 and 12 feet in length and weigh up to 1,400 pounds. A creature that size would certainly have a large eyeball. Also, as the fish are blue, it makes sense that this eye would belong to one of them. The state will do DNA testing to confirm the species of the eye.

Mostly, this story just makes us sad.

 

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Michael Holstein

    I recognize this from high school biology: it’s the eye of a Bigfoot, obviously caught swimming in the Bermuda Triangle by Captain Nemo. (I wish FL Fisheries would consult me before going viral.)