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Experts solve the mystery of the giant eyeball

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:06 p.m. HST, Oct 15, 2012

MIAMI » State experts say they have solved the mystery of the giant eyeball that washed up on a Florida beach last week.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said today the eyeball likely came from a swordfish. They based their conclusion on the eyeball’s color, size and structure, along with the presence of bone around it. Genetic testing will be done to confirm the identification.

Wildlife officials say swordfish are commonly fished at this time of year in the Florida Straits offshore of South Florida. That’s where the softball-sized eyeball turned up Wednesday.

The discovery and photos of the big eye created a buzz on the Internet.

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