Fisherman kept $100 million pearl under his bed for 10 years

Fisherman kept $100 million pearl under his bed for 10 years

Fisherman kept $100 million pearl under his bed for 10 years

Written by Staff Writer

28 Aug, 2016 | 4:28 pm

A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world’s biggest pearl, but he didn’t know it.

He didn’t know the potential eye-watering value of $100 million and kept it as a ‘good luck charm’ in his rundown wooden home.

But a fire at the property earlier this year forced him to have a clear out and move house.

The fisherman handed it in to the stunned local tourism officer in remote Puerto Princesca who verified that it had been found in a giant clam.

The fisherman, his father and brothers found the irregular-shaped pearl inside a giant clam that stuck to their boat’s anchor when they sought refuge from a squall on a reef, sources reveal.

Incidently this would not be the first time giant pearls have been found off Palawan.

A 9-kilogram (20-pound) pearl, called Pearl of the King, was found in Palawan in 1939, and is on display in a hotel at the central island resort of Boracay. Local media have reported that fishermen had recovered other huge pearls in the province, including one reportedly weighing 24.75 kilograms (54 pounds).

The Guinness World Records lists a 718.50 carat baroque abalone pearl as the biggest of its kind, measuring 14 centimetres (5.5 inches) in length, 8 centimetres (3.1 inches wide) and 4 centimetres (1.6 inches) thick.

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