Officially, giant eyeball was from smallish swordfish - FOX 13 News

Officially, giant eyeball was from smallish swordfish

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The giant eyeball that made headlines after washing ashore has a new home in St. Pete. It's now preserved among the tens of thousands of specimens at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

The eyeball washed ashore on Pompano Beach on the east coast last week. It was brought to FWC's research offices in St. Pete for genetic testing and preservation.

The tests proved what experts initially thought: The eyeball came from a swordfish -- but a small one, as far as swordfish go.

"It was probably from a swordfish around 200 to 250 pounds," explained Kevin Baxter of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. "To give you an idea, the record caught in Florida is 612 pounds."

In fact, swordfish can reach 1,000 pounds.

Researchers think a fisherman cut out the eye and simply threw it overboard.

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