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Giant eyeball found on Florida beach could be from swordfish - experts

A giant eyeball from a mystery sea creature, photographed Oct. 11, 2012, washed ashore and was found by a man walking along the beach in Pompano Beach, Fla., Oct. 10. (Carli Segelson/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

October 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The mystery surrounding a giant eyeball found in Florida may be solved.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said Monday they believe the specimen came from a swordfish. The experts said 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 that.

A man named Gino Covacci became a national sensation after he found the softball-sized eyeball last week. It was immediately sent to a Florida lab.

Researchers believe a fisherman removed it before getting rid of it. Swordfish are commonly fished off the shore of south Florida during this time of year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.