Picture this: You are strolling along your favorite beach, taking in the serene morning sun with Scruffy, your new and rambunctious corgi puppy. It's Florida, so the autumnal weather hasn't quite put a damper on your early morning ritual. Both you and Scruffy are feeling frisky, so you let him of his leash to run in the waves and poke around in the seaweed. You laugh as Scruffy dashes into the cool green waves, yipping in delight, before sniffing at something in the sand. "What's that you got there, boy?" At least, one could imagine that's what happened when someone discovered a huge disembodied eyeball in Pompano Beach, 30 miles north of Miami, yesterday morning.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had officials quickly go to pick up the specimen, but even they are not certain exactly what kind of eye it is. The intrepid marine biologists placed the monstrous eye on ice and promised to perform DNA tests to identify what species it might be from.
Not so fast, apparently, there is more to this eye than meets the eye. "There appears to be bones around the eye, so that would rule out a squid. The primary suspect right now is that it would be a large fish," said Carli Segelson from the Florida commission and she was confident the experts would identify the species soon. "I shouldn't say this, but they may be able to eyeball it."
As for how the eyeball became dislodged, we'll probably never know, which means people are free to come up with their own wild theories about ocean battles, vicious conflicts and games of fish operation.