Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gigantic 34kg Pearl Serves as Attraction in Puerto Princesa Tourism Office

A local fisherman in Palawan turns over a gigantic pearl to the Puerto Princesa Tourism Office.

The 34-kilogram pearl, which is shaped like a giant clam shell, is being shown at the Puerto Princesa City Hall. It was concealed in a clear glass and placed along the pathwalk.

Aileen Cynthia Manggay, an officer of the Tourism Department said it was surrendered by one of her relatives that has been used as lucky charm for more than 10 years now. It was noted that it was kept hidden under the previous owner’s bed.

The Local Government of Puerto Princesa is hoping the “Pearl of Puerto Princesa” will gain a world record because of its size.

Despite it’s already a tourist attraction, Manggay discouraged the locals in hunting for clams to get some pearls. She explained removing giant clams disrupts the biodiversity of Palawan.

Currently, the largest pearl known to humans is the Pearl of Lao Tzu, which is also found in Palawan, Philippines. It measures 24 cm in diameter and weighs 6.4 kilograms. So, technically “The Pearl of Puerto Princesa” is largest pearl in the world.

Pearls are formed when a small object entered the system of a mollusk. It will irritate the the shellfish and as defense mechanism, it’s will try to seal it by creating a sac made of calcium carbonate – layers by layers.

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