Mystery INVERTEBRATE of Florida. Etymology: After its eyes. Physical description: Cylindrical body. Length, 5 feet 6 inches. Height when raised on legs, 3 feet. Pointed head with short antennae. Brown-spotted eyes about 2 inches in diameter, set on stalks. Eight hairy legs. No tail. Habitat: Underwater sea cave. Distribution: Off Miami Beach, Florida.

Significant sighting: On March 11, 1959, veteran diver Bob Wall encountered a strange animal while diving in shallow water 2 miles off Miami Beach to point out coral to tourists in the glass-bottomed Comrade II. He got a close look at it but surfaced when it started coming toward him.

Present status: Only reported once. Possible explanations:

(1) Bob Wall has insisted it wasn't an octopus, crab, or spiny lobster.

(2) Karl Shuker thinks that the stalked eyes are indicative of a crustacean, most likely a large Spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), which enjoys hiding in reef crevices. However, this creature rarely grows larger than 2 feet long. The only crustacean that comes close to 5 feet is the Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi), which is only found off southeastern Japan.

Sources: United Press International report, March 12, 1959; "The Ocean Has Them Too," Fate 12 (July 1959): 10-11; Karl Shuker, In Search of Prehistoric Survivors (London: Blandford, 1995), pp. 123-126.

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