A fisherman from Puerto Princesa hid a Filipino pearl in his house for more than 10 years.
More than a decade ago, a fisherman from the Philippines found what's known as the world's largest pearl ever. The giant pearl is 1 foot wide, 2.2 feet long, weighs 75 pounds, and is estimated to be worth around $100 million.
The Filipino fisherman claims he kept it as a good luck charm for 10 years, always touching it before going fishing.
According to local Palawan News, the man's anchor hung up on the pearl. He swam down to unhook the anchor and discovered the incredibly rare find. Supposedly, he didn't know its worth when he kept it as a good luck charm. The man finally told his aunt, who works for the local government as a city tourism officer.
"That's why he brought it to me, since it's quite heavy," Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao told the Guardian.
With the man's permission, Maggay-Amurao offered the pearl to the mayor as a primary tourism attraction. It's currently on display at New Green City Hall in Puerto Princesa.
"The Puerto Princesa City would likely earn another prestigious title and a record breaker for having the world's biggest natural giant pearl from a giant clam after being certified for its authenticity," Maggay-Amurao wrote prior to the official record confirmation.
The record pearl is much larger than the previous record holder, also found off the Palawan Island. A diver from Brooke's Point in Palawan discovered the 14.1-pound pearl known as Lao Tzu back in 1939.
A gemologist from Colorado Springs estimated the pearl of Lao Tzu at $93 million.
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