There’s just something about the waters around Puerto Princesa that lends itself to giant pearls. The port city on the Philippine island of Palawan is the place where the world’s largest pearl, a 14-pound hunk called the Pearl of Allah or Pearl of Lao, was discovered. Now, it turns out, a local man’s been sleeping on a find that makes the Pearl of Allah look like a piece of holiday decoration. A fisherman has been keeping a 75-pound pearl under his bed for the last decade. The pearl is a staggering 1-foot wide and 2.2 feet long!
The fisherman found the pearl inside a giant clam while fishing, but it came to the world’s attention after a house fire forced him out of his home. He took the pearl to his aunt, Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, for safe-keeping. She works for Puerto Princesa’s tourism office, and when she saw the hunk, she realized his good luck charm might actually be a $100-million dollar fortune. Of course, it still has to be authenticated, but until that happens, the island has put the giant pearl on display as a tourist attraction.
“That’s why he brought it to me, since it’s quite heavy,” Maggay-Amurao told The Guardian. “So far, based on our research…we cannot find any recorded article about this kind [of pearl] and as big as this size. He said every time he goes out for fishing he will touch the pearl.”
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