Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Giant mystery eyeball coming soon to St. Petersburg, but not here yet

The giant eyeball spotted Wednesday in Pompano Beach is headed to St. Petersburg’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, where the mystery is expected to be solved. 

Associated Press

The giant eyeball spotted Wednesday in Pompano Beach is headed to St. Petersburg’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, where the mystery is expected to be solved. 

The world's most famous giant blue mystery eyeball will soon come to St. Petersburg.

A man spotted the softball-sized peeper Wednesday in Pompano Beach. News of the find from the Broward County shoreline, and stunning photos of it, quickly spread around the globe.

Contrary to published reports that the object had already arrived in St. Petersburg, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute spokesman Kevin Baxter said Saturday it likely won't be brought here for several more days.

Speculation about its origin has run rampant.

Giant squid immediately became a popular choice but, to the disappointment of Jules Verne fans, that's been ruled out. Baxter said investigators found bone around the eye, which means it couldn't have come from one of the eight-tentacled cephalopods.

The bone, it seems, also means a Jaws-sized, one-eyed shark isn't cruising the coast.

"Our people believe it's from a large fish of some kind," he said, "but we're still trying to nail down its identity."

Baxter wouldn't guess which large fish, but lots of other people have.

At least three major news outlets in the United Kingdom have picked up the story. The Guardian, headquartered in London, talked to a shark expert in Gainesville who said the eyeball belonged to a swordfish. Hedging, perhaps, the newspaper also reported it might have come from a sailfish or a marlin.

The Toronto-based National Post ran a story online that suggested, among several options, a whale.

InformationNigeria.org quoted an expert who also conjectured that it may have come from a swordfish.

A definitive answer should be had within the next few weeks.

Scientists at the research institute on Eighth Avenue SE plan to run a series of tests to determine from what animal the eyeball was plucked.

Giant mystery eyeball coming soon to St. Petersburg, but not here yet 10/13/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 13, 2012 8:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. No easy answer to the Dunedin parking question

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Nothing has been more divisive in this city than the issue of paid parking.

    A server at Cafe Alfresco (background) claims Dunedin's new paid parking has cost him money. Dunedin began a paid parking last October. Nine months in, residents, business owners and city officials all share mixed feelings. In October, when the one-year program ends, the city will have until November to come up with another solution to its parking woes, or continue the paid parking program at the risk of angering locals.JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning, Amalie Arena to host job fair today

    Business

    TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning and its home, Amalie Arena, are hosting a part-time job fair from 3 to 6 p.m. today on the Promenade Level of the arena. Available positions include platinum services, parking attendants, event security, housekeeping, retail and many other departments.

    The Tampa Bay Lightning and AMALIE Arena is hosting a part-time job fair on Thursday, Aug. 17 on the Promenade level of the arena.
  3. Nearly 1 in 4 Tampa Bay homeowners considered equity rich

    Real Estate

    If your home is worth at least 50 percent more than you owe, you're rich — equity rich that is.

    About one in four Tampa Bay homeowners are considered "equity rich." [Associated Press file photo]
  4. Trump strategist Steve Bannon: No military solution in North Korea

    National

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury."

    Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump, has drawn fire from some of Trump's closest advisers. [Associated Press]
  5. Rays have their chances, but end up with another loss (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The litany of games the Rays have given away this season is long enough, arguably too lengthy. So the only way to get to the postseason is make up for some of those losses by grabbing some wins when the opportunity is presented, especially at this time of year when the margin is diminished and the stakes …

    Associated Press