Something out in the deep off the Florida coast is giving human beings the fish eye. Really.
It isn’t just the size of the big blue eyeball -- which easily fills two hands -- that's so disconcerting; it's the mystery behind the lost globe. Florida marine experts are investigating the eye in an attempt to learn just what kind of creature spawned it.
“I saw it with my own eye, and it is bigger than a baseball -- about the size of a softball,” Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It is a very pretty eye.”
The orb was found on Wednesday by Gino Covacci, who was taking his usual stroll along the sand at Pompano Beach, north of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He told the Sun Sentinel that he saw it lying at the high tide line and kicked it over, only to be staring at something that, well, stared back.
Covacci said he put the eye in a plastic bag and popped it into the fridge when he got home.
“It was very, very fresh,” he told the newspaper, noting that it still had blood on it when he put it in the bag.