Have we found the new ‘largest pearl in the world’ in Palawan?

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A world-record find from the islands of Palawan. (image credit: Puerto Princesa Tourism Office)

PHILIPPINES – An impressively gigantic pearl is now in the possession of the local government of Puerto Princesa, Palawan and could break the record for the largest pearl in the world.

According to the City Tourism Officer, Aileen Cynthia Amurao, the pearl was turned over by a local fisherman who initially found the pearl. The man refused to be identified.

Initial analysis of the said specimen revealed that the natural giant pearl weighs 34 kilograms and has an area of 1ft x 2ft.

Reports also detailed that the fisherman and his family admitted that they kept the pearl a secret for almost ten years before they finally decided to turn it over to the authorities.

The unidentified fisherman narrated that he found the pearl’s clam while he was out fishing one day. The clam, according to him, got stuck in his fishing net.

The fisherman decided to surrender the pearl since his family is planning to move and transfer to another town for good. This way, he is confident that the pearl sample will be properly protected.

This is not the first time that a record-breaking pearl was found in the Philippines, particularly in the islands of Palawan.

The Guinness Book of Records once recognized the biggest pearl specimen on earth called, “Pearl of Allah” because of the turban-like shape on its surface. It was discovered by a Muslim diver.

It was later on named, Pearl of Lao Tzu and is considered one of the largest pearl in the world which is now at Brooke’s Point in Palawan.

Compared to the new pearl sample, the Pearl of Lao Tzu weighs 6.4 kilograms and have a length of 9.4 inches.

The Guinness Book of World Records even declared that the value of the said pearl would be over $40 million US dollars.

Given the initial measurements of the newly-found pearl specimen, it could indeed break the current record.