Penemuan misteri bola mata gergasi di pantai Florida, Amerika Syarikat mencetuskan khabar angin di kalangan komuniti marin biologi di internet.
Pakar sains marin percaya bola mata gergasi berwarna biru itu milik sotong laut dalam atau ikan todak yang besar.
Bola mata gergasi itu ditemui Gino Govacci ketika sedang bersantai di sepanjang Pantai Pompano, utara Fort Lauderdale.
Pegawai hidupan liar terbabit kemudiannya menghantar bola mata gergasi itu ke Pusat Kajian St. Petersburg, Florida untuk ujian.
Mystery giant eyeball may be squid’s
A huge, softball-size eyeball that washed ashore in Pompano Beach, Fla. may have come from a deep sea squid or a large swordfish, the Associated Press reports.
A man spotted the eyeball Wednesday and reported it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which has sent it off for study to identify the creature to which it belongs.
The Internet and marine biology community has been buzzing about the eye since the commission shared a photo of it on its Facebook page. People are suggesting it came from everything from a giant squid to Bigfoot.
The blue eyeball may have come from a deep sea squid or a large swordfish, said Heather Bracken-Grissom, an assistant professor in the marine science program at Florida International University in Miami.
“Anytime something weird and crazy washes up on the beach, it’s definitely interesting,” she told the AP. “It’s going to be very interesting to see what the genetic analysis shows.”
The professor and her colleagues concluded that the eyeball’s lens and pupil are similar in shape to that of a deep sea squid. She noted that a deep sea squid’s eyeball can be as large as a soccer ball and can easily become dislodged.
Officials won’t really know where the eyeball came from until testing at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg is complete.