Friday, August 26, 2016

Filipino Fisherman Found a Pearl That Could Be Worth More Than $100M

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A Filipino fisherman found a huge natural pearl that might be biggest in the world and he kept it hidden for more than 10 years under his bed.

The pearl is about 12 inches wide and 27 inches long, and it weighs 75 pounds, according to the Guardian. The fisherman said he actually found the pearl more than 10 years ago while he was in the waters surrounding Palawan Island to catch fish. His boat's anchor snagged on the giant clam, and he dived underwater to free it that's when he discovered the giant pearl.

Unaware of the pearl's potential value, he just kept it under his bed for more than a decade as a good luck charm, he would touch it every time he prepared to leave for a fishing trip. Then when he have to leave his house he asked his aunt, tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao to keep it safe. His aunt immediately recognized the pearl's significance and asked him permission to present the pearl to the mayor of Puerto Princesa, Lucilo R. Bayon. Now, it's on display in the atrium of the local New Green City Hall while Maggay-Amurao awaits an expert who can verify its authenticity.

If it is confirmed to be a real natural pearl that formed within a giant clam, this 75-pound find would be significantly larger than the current "world's largest pearl" record-holder, which was discovered in 1939 and weighs a mere 14 pounds. It would also be worth more than $100 million.

Source The Guardian

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