A fisherman in the Philippines is happy as a clam after discovering that a mammoth pearl he stashed away for 10 years under his bed is worth a cool $100 million.
The lucky angler, who has not been identified, discovered the 75-pound pearl â€” believed to be the biggest ever â€” in the sea off Palawan Island, the Mirror of the UK reported.
Unaware of the giant pearlâ€™s value, he kept it as a good-luck piece under his bed until a fire in his home forced him to move. The superstitious fishermen then decided to hand it over to the tourism office in remote Puerto Princesa, city officials said.
A stunned tourism officer determined that the pearl, measuring a foot wide and 2.2 feet long, dwarfs the official current record holder â€” the $35 million, 14-pound Pearl of Allah, which in 1934 was also found off Palawan.
â€œThe fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock during a storm,â€ tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao explained. â€œHe noticed that it was lodged on a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him.
â€œHe didnâ€™t know how much it was worth and kept it tucked away at home as a simple good-luck charm,â€ she added. …
Officials plan to keep the fishermanâ€™s pearl in the Philippines in a bid to increase tourism to the area.
Giant clams, which rarely produce pearls, can grow as large as four feet in length and weigh 500 pounds. Theyâ€™re typically found in the South Pacific or Indian Ocean.
25 Aug 2016