Among the many oddities to wash up on a shoreline, animal parts are not necessarily unusual. But a giant eyeball described to be the size of a softball found on a Florida beach has created quite a stir.

The eyeball was found Wednesday on Pompano Beach, north of Fort Lauderdale, by Gino Covacci, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Covacci described it as ”very, very fresh and “still bleeding” when he put it in a plastic bag.

Softball Size Eyeball Found on Florida Beach

A giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore and was found by a man walking the beach. (Photo: AP/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comission, Carli Segelson)

Experts are unsure as to what animal exactly the blue eyeball belongs, but they speculate a large fish, giant squid or whale. The Sun-Sentinel reports Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center professor Charles Messing saying the best guess thus far is that the organ came from a swordfish, which are common in the area where it was found.

The organ is currently being analyzed by Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.