Word that a giant eyeball washed up on a Florida beach has created a buzz on the internet and in the marine biology community.
An assistant biology professor at Florida International University in Miami on Friday said the blue eyeball may have come from a deep sea squid or a large swordfish.
Heather Bracken-Grissom says she started discussing the eyeball with her colleagues as soon as they saw the pictures on the internet.
A beachgoer found it on Wednesday in Pompano Beach.
Bracken-Grissom says the lens and pupil are similar to that of a deep sea squid's.
The squid's eyes can be as large as soccer balls and they easily dislodge, she says.
Florida wildlife officials have sent it to a research facility in St Petersburg for testing.