The mysterious eyeball that washed up on a south Florida beach last week is likely to have come from a swordfish, researchers said Monday morning.
Officials are doing genetic testing to confirm this, but experts say they believe it came from a very large swordfish.
"Experts on site and remotely have viewed and analyzed the eye, and based on its color, size and structure, along with the presence of bone around it, we believe the eye came from a swordfish," said Joan Herrera, curator of collections at the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, in a statement. "Based on straight-line cuts visible around the eye, we believe it was removed by a fisherman and discarded."
The eye was about the size of a softball, and the mystery sparked widespread speculation across the Internet, with some saying it might have come from a giant squid. Experts downplayed that theory Monday morning, saying swordfish are known to be in the area this time of year.
NOAA officials said swordfish can even grow to the size of more than 1,100 pounds.
The eye is set to come to the Bay area as soon as sometime this week for testing at the main research hub of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.