Fisherman turns over giant pearl to tourism office for tourist attraction before learning it is worth $100 millionBy Mason White 5:00 PM September 22, 2016
By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll doen for video) A fisherman found a giant pearl worth $100 million while he was fishing in Philippines.
The man said that he found the huge pearl in the waters off Palawan 10 years ago, inside a giant clam that got stuck on his boat’s anchor.
The man said that he took it home and placed it under his bed “as a good luck charm.”
The man had no idea that the pearl is possibly the world’s largest natural giant clam pearl, and that it is worth millions of dollars.
Recently, the man had to move from his apartment so he decided to show off the pearl. He handed it over to the Puerto Princesa Tourism Office.
They placed it in a special case and recently unveiled the huge gem, which has an estimated value of $100 million.
Puerto Princesa City Tourism Officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao said that the pearl weighs 75 pounds, is 2.2 feet long and 1 foot wide.
Until now, the record holder was Lao Tzu. His pearl weighed 14 pounds and measures over 9 inches in diameter. His gem was also found in the Philippines.
People hoping to find more rare gems might be disappointed as Amurao refuses to disclose the exact location where it was found.
“We are not divulging the exact area where the pearl was found. We will not release any more information, or even any information about its owner.