Mystery giant eyeball on Fla. beach may be squid’s
Word that a giant eyeball washed up on a South Florida beach has created a buzz on the Internet and in the marine-biology community.
The huge, blue eyeball may have come from a deep-sea squid or a large swordfish, said Heather Bracken-Grissom, an assistant professor in the marine-science program at Florida International University in Miami.
A man found the eyeball while taking a morning stroll along Pompano Beach just north of Fort Lauderdale.
He contacted state wildlife officials, who took possession of the softball-sized eyeball.
As soon as pictures hit the Internet on Thursday, Bracken-Grissom said she started talking with her colleagues.
“Any time something weird and crazy washes up on the beach, it’s definitely interesting,” she said.
The professor and her colleagues concluded that the eyeball’s lens and pupil are similar in shape to that of a deep-sea squid.
She noted that a deep-sea squid’s eyeball can be as large as a soccer ball and can become dislodged easily.
The mystery likely won’t be solved until testing on the eyeball is completed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.
“It’s going to be very interesting to see what the genetic analysis shows,” Bracken-Grissom said.
She said news of the giant eyeball traveled quickly. Relatives from California even called, asking her opinion.
“Something like this gets the public very excited about the mysterious realm of the ocean,” she said.
Sting operation: Beehives stolen from W. Pa. man
Police in southwestern Pennsylvania township are working a different kind of sting operation: They’re trying to find seven beehives stolen from a well-known beekeeper.
Mark Bedillion tells WPXI-TV he’s sold locally produced honey at his farm and market in Hickory since 2005. Neighbors tell police they saw four men drive away with seven of the hives the beekeeper has at his home in East Finley Township, about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. The hives were stolen Wednesday.
Bedillion expects another beekeeper is behind the thefts because beekeeping and locally produced honey are becoming more popular. But that’s not the only reason Bedillion suspects a competitor.
He says whoever stole the hives “would have gotten stung a lot if they weren’t experienced. They might be in a hospital by now.”