This fisherman kept potential $100 million gem under a bed in a wooden hut for a decade!
Every fisherman has found something unexpected while out fishing. But one fisherman in the Philippines found something worth what some are estimating could be up to $100 million!
The Daily Mail reports an unnamed fisherman found a nearly 75 pound pearl in a giant clam almost 10 years ago. The 26 inch long and 12 inch wide gem may shatter all records for pearls. And this amazing discovery happened much by chance.
"The fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock during a storm," tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao told the Daily Mail. "He noticed that it was lodged on a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him. This was a decade ago and he kept it at home."
Apparently, the fisherman, who lived in what's been described as a run-down wooden hut, didn't realize what he had. He just kept the huge gem as a good luck charm.
The amazing story is only now coming to light after a fire forced the fisherman to move out. For whatever reason, the fisherman decided to give it to the tourism officer in Puerto Princesca, a small city on the west coast of the Philippines.
In fact, the gem was almost lost in the shuffle of him moving. "He'd almost forgotten everything about the pearl until he was moving out, and he remembered he had something under his bed," Amurao told CNN.
If verified as a genuine pearl, it would be the largest ever found. To put things in perspective, the largest verified right now is a 14 pounder found back in 1934. That pearl is known as the Pearl of Allah and is worth an estimated $35 million.
"We were amazed when he brought it to us," Amurao told the Daily Mail. "We now need help from gemologists to fully certify it. We're waiting for authentication from Gemologist Institute and other international authorities."
For now it sounds like the gem will be kept in the Philippines. It sounds like the locals of Puerto Princesca are hopeful it'll bring more tourists in. Amurao told CNN the gem would be put on display in City Hall.
And as you might expect, they aren't divulging the exact location of the discovery either, for probably good reason.
No word on if the fisherman gets any share of the fortune that might come out of this pearl.