One lucky fisherman in the Philippines captured a giant pearl worth $100 million—only he didn’t realize its tremendous value until just recently, 10 years after catching it.
A decade ago, an unidentified angler caught a 75-pound pearl in the sea surrounding Palawan Island, which is now believed to possibly be the largest pearl to ever surface on land.
As a superstitious man, he kept it for good luck secretly under his bed for 10 years, unaware of its monetary worth.
The angler didn’t move the pearl until recently, when a fire broke out in his home, and he was forced to move it from its tucked-away location.
Upon relocating, the fisherman gave the pearl to the tourism office in Puerto Princesa, according to city officials.
The pearl is so huge that it quite literally doesn’t even resemble a pearl. Measuring a mammoth 2.2 feet long and a foot wide, the organically misshapen object outshines the previous record-holding pearl which was 14 pounds. The 14-pound pearl was found in the same location in the 1930s and is valued to be worth $35 million, which pales in comparison to the newly “discovered” pearl.
Of the pearl’s fascinating origins, tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao said, “The fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock during a storm. He noticed that it was lodged on a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him.”
The beautiful pearl, which has been authenticated by expert appraisers, originated from a species of giant clam, which can weigh up to 500 pounds. It will be kept locally as a tourist attraction to boost visiting to the area instead of being made into jewelry.
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