A fisherman in the Philippines discovered the largest natural pearl in existence 10 years ago. But rather than tell anyone he kept it under his bed as a lucky charm.
It would have been kept a secret, but a fire burned most of his wooden shack.
The pearl, discovered off the coast of the Philippines, is about 30cm wide and 67cm long. It weighs 34kg and valued at about US$100 million (NZ$137m)!
He discovered it after he dropped his anchor, and he thought it hit a rock. He pulled his anchor up, and a shell containing the pearl was attached. He didn’t realise the significance of his find, and therefore told no one about it.
The pearl is currently on display at the Puerto Princesa City Hall.