Giant "Mystery Eyeball"
10-11-2013

Looking Back; Hindsight is 20/20
Remember when the “Giant Mystery Eyeball” rolled up on a south Florida beach a year ago today? Just in time for Halloween, it seemed. A man walking down the beach saw the eye and turned it over to the FWC. Carli Segelson, one of our Public Information Coordinators, happened to be at a meeting with our biologists when they took possession of the eye. That’s when she took the now-world-famous photo of the softball-sized eyeball with her cell phone. Why was it such a mystery? Well… how often do you come across an eyeball on the beach, anyway? Uh – NEVER! So, we posted the eyeball to Facebook, and suddenly the eyeball was EVERYWHERE! In less than 24 hours, millions of people had heard of the find, from the United States to England and beyond. Visitors to our page posted guesses from “Bigfoot” or “Giant Squid” to “Monster’s Inc.’s Mike Wazowski’s Eyeball!” Experts across the globe gave their informed opinions on national television shows as well as on YouTube, Twitter and any other social media platform you can think of. The giant orb traveled from Pompano Beach to (@FWRI LINK). After examining it and consulting with colleagues our scientists were able to identify the animal that once saw the world through the giant eye. Testing at FWRI’s genetics lab confirmed the ID. What was it? Click on the photo album for the rest of the story!


Mystery Solved 10/15/12:
The FWC Tequesta Field Lab received a call on 10/10/12 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 is believed to belong to a swordfish. Genetic testing will be done to confirm. Full Story: myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2012/october/15/eyeball/

ORIG. STORY 10/11/12:
The FWC Tequesta Field Lab received a call on 10/10/12 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.

FWC Photos: Carli Segelson/FWC
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