August 25, 16
(IDEX Online News) – A Philippines fisherman claims to have found a 34kg natural pearl which would be the biggest pearl ever found if confirmed.
The fisherman says he kept it hidden under his bed for more than 10 years.
The huge pearl is 30cm wide and 67cm long.
If it is eventually confirmed to have formed within a giant clam and thus be natural, it could be worth more than $100 million.
The man, from Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island, says he found it while fishing after his boat’s anchor got caught on the giant clam. The man says he had to swim down to dislodge it.
He was not aware of its potential value but kept it as a good luck charm, according to media reports.
When he moved to another part of the province, he gave it to his aunt who works as a tourism officer.
The pearl is now on display in the atrium of the New Green City Hall in Puerto Princesa.