Ten years ago, a man was fishing off the coast of Palawan Island in the Philippines, when he found the world's largest pearl. The pearl weighs 74 lbs and is about 1 foot wide and two feet long. He decided that he would keep it hidden away under his bed as a good luck charm.
The unnamed fisherman kept the secret for 10 years, until a fire broke out earlier this year forcing him to move out. Until then, he didn't know the true value of the pearl. When he handed it to a local tourism officer in Puerto Princesca, the stunned official couldn't believe his eyes.
Tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao told news agencies that "the fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock during a storm." When he swam down to free it, he noticed a giant clam shell and brought it up with him.
The massive pearl has been valued at $100 million. Filipino officials are waiting for geologists to fully certify and authenticate the pearl, but the precious gem will remain in the Philippines as a tourist attraction.
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