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Massive Beached Eyeball Belonged to Slain Swordfish

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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.


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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.)


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