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The world's biggest pearl?

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jul 27, 2012 08:00 AM
United Kingdom: A fisherman inadvertently dredged a 145 million year old mega-oyster that just might contain the world's biggest pearl. MRI scans reveal a golf-ball-sized round object inside the fossilized oyster.
The world's biggest pearl?

The ancient oyster is about 10 times the size of modern oysters. Could it contain a pearl of comparable scale?

megaoyster2.jpgWe may never know what this round object is because the Blue Reef Aquarium (Portsmouth, UK) whom the fisherman donated the oyster to has decided to leave the fossil intact.

Could you show the same restraint and resist the lure of possible treasure?

Right: MRI scan of the oyster fossil shows a golf-ball sized round object where pearls are usually found.  A pearl of this size is twice as large as the largest pearl known to man.

[via DailyMail]

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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