World’s Largest Pearl(75 Pounds) Found Under a Man’s Bed..


When you think of a pearl, a pretty clear image probably pops into your mind: a round and iridescent gem about the size of a pea, or maybe even as big as a gumball if you’re feeling decadent.

So it’s OK if it takes a minute or two for your mind to process this next sentence.

Earlier this week, a fisherman revealed that for the past decade, he has been keeping a 2-foot-long, 1-foot-wide, 75-POUND pearl under his bed.

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That’s right. This pearl is roughly the size of a (slightly overweight) golden retriever.  Naturally, the photos really don’t do it justice.

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The fisherman stumbled upon this monster when his anchor got caught on the giant clam that produced it. Somehow unaware of its value, he kept it in his house as a good-luck charm until he decided to move.

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Instead of tackling the logistics of moving the 75-pound behemoth, he asked his aunt, Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, to take care of it. She got his permission to turn it into a tourist attraction for the town of Puerto Princesa, where it is now on display.

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Maggay-Amurao is attempting to have its authenticity verified, since its mind-boggling size is unlike anything ever seen — before now, the largest natural pearl ever found was a mere 14 pounds.

She did note, however, that “all recorded giant pearls in the world came from Palawan waters,” the same area where this potential record-setter was discovered.  Must be something in the water making the giant clams crank out these giant pearls.

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For those wondering, the 14-pound pearl had an estimated worth of $93 million.  Weighing in at 170,000 carats, the “Pearl of Puerto” remains the fisherman’s property, so he could be in for the bidding war of a lifetime.

Prashant Sharma

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