One of the more unusual outdoor stories this week involves the discovery Wednesday of a giant eyeball on Pompano Beach in Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wild Conservation Commission is sending the "mystery eyeball," which is slightly larger than a baseball, to the agency's research lab in the hope of determining what kind of creature it belonged to.
However, George Burgess of the Florida Museum of Natural History sent this website an email Thursday night stating that the eyeball may have belonged to a bigeye thresher shark, a protected species caught incidentally off Florida in moderately deep water.
"My guess is that a fisher did a bit of dissection at sea then was reminded it was illegal to possess even 'parts,' " said Burgess, a leading authority on sharks and shark attacks.
It'll be interesting to see if this hunch is correct, and our hunch is that Burgess is spot on.
Carli Segelson, a spokeswoman for the FWC, did not know when the agency will have an official determination.
--Image courtesy of Carli Segelson / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission