'Softball-Sized Eyeball' Washes Up In Florida; Can You I.D. It? | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

'Softball-Sized Eyeball' Washes Up In Florida; Can You I.D. It?

Tell us you can resist clicking on this headline from Florida's Sun Sentinel:

"Huge Eyeball From Unknown Creature Washes Ashore On Florida Beach."

It's big, it's blue and the newspaper says "among the possibilities being discussed are a giant squid, some other large fish or a whale or other large marine mammal."

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has sent the eye off for study.

On the commission's Facebook page, folks are speculating about whales, squid, swordfish, mastodons and Big Foot. What's your best guess (informed or otherwise)?

Update at 6:15 p.m. ET. Some Early Thoughts, Serious And Not-So.

From the comments thread:

-- "Swordfish. Biiig female. Anatomically wrong for giant or colossal squid. Whales have smaller eyes. Randy Jacobson."

-- "My guess would be giant squid. That was what first came to mind. The Raven."

-- "Marty Feldman! Mark D."

From NPR's Facebook page:

-- "Sile Kelleher Eye of a large tortoise."

-- "Jesse Acosta The eye of the Kraken!"

-- "James Nash I have no eye-dea."

From the NPR Tumblr page:

-- "valoscope reblogged this from nprand added: We're gonna need a bigger boat. "

(H/T to NPR.org's Heidi Glenn.)
Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

How'd A Cartoonist Sell His First Drawing? It Only Took 610 Tries

Tom Toro was a directionless 20-something film school dropout. Then, after an inspired moment at a used book sale, he started submitting drawings to The New Yorker ... and collecting rejection slips.
NPR

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.
NPR

Will We See Veto Battles On Capitol Hill?

With President Obama promising to vetoes, what are the possibilities of a few veto overrides during the next two years? NPR's Arun Rath puts that questions to the National Journal's Fawn Johnson.
NPR

3 Voices, 1 Threat: Personal Stories Of Cyberhacking

In President Obama's State of the Union address, he gave fresh emphasis to a problem that has been in the headlines: cybersecurity. Here are three people who have experienced security breaches.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.