A fisherman in the Philippines discovered this 75-lb. giant 10 years ago and kept it under his bed as a good luck charm.
Philippine officials have announced that they are in possession of what is believed to be the largest natural pearl in the world.
The pearl weighs 75 lbs. and measures approximately 2 feet by 1 foot.
The Daily Mail reports the pearl was brought in to the local tourist office by a fisherman who had found the pearl 10 years ago off the coast of the island of Palawan in the western Philippines. He had kept the pearl under his bed as a good luck charm, and brought the pearl into the office only after his house caught fire. It is unclear why he brought the pearl in, or whether he has donated the pearl to the tourist office.
“He didn’t know how much it was worth and kept it tucked away at home as a simple good luck charm,” said Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, an official of Puerto Princesa, Philippines, in a statement to journalists. “We were amazed when he brought it to us. We now need help from gemologists to fully certify it.”