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New Jersey man finds a pearl eating raw clams

A Brick man had what could turn out to be a very profitable surprise while eating raw clams in a restaurant in Cape May: there was a pearl inside one of his clams!

According to NJ.com, Michael Spressler and his wife were dining at Lobster House and he was enjoying his usual appetizer of raw clams on the half-shell (with hot sauce and a squeeze of lemon), when he bit down on something hard. At first he thought he had broken a tooth. It was then that he discovered the pearl.

So how much is the pearl worth? Good question; it could be worth up to $100,000, but Michael’s wife Maria makes it look like they won’t sell it, telling CBS 3 Philly, “‘I wish I had put it in a nice piece of jewelry, maybe a mermaid or something nautical.

While pearls are more commonly found in oysters, they can also be formed by clams, although the odds of that are around 1 in 10,000. The one the Spresslers found is 8.8 millimeters (i think it’s big for a pearl, but don’t quote me on that).

The Spresslers have been coming to the Lobster House since 1987. While celebrating more than 30 years of existence, the Lobster House itself is celebrating 100 years of operation.

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