Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

She Opened A Clam Hoping To Find A Pearl Inside, But Then She Saw THIS…

Not too long ago, there was a story about a man who found a pearl in his clam stew. The dish itself isn't particularly expensive, considered a hearty, non-fussy meal by people who make and consume it -- but the pearl the guy found ended up being worth about $10,000.

It's things like that, that can remind us just how cunning Mother Nature can be. Clams and oysters are as common as can be, but what they might have inside is as rarefied and valuable as you can get. That's why this story is particularly awesome: This woman had no idea what she was about to find when she opened up this clam.

It seems like she's just going through the motions, opening up a clam with a knife with a skill that she appears to have mastered. But what happens next is totally shocking: Can you imagine being the person to discover something like this?

Opening up a clam can be pretty hard work.

It's basically like hacking into a stone with a machete -- you need the right skills to do it.

Opening up a clam can be pretty hard work.

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But people learn those skills, for one specific reason.

And it's not just so they can have a snack, although clams are definitely delicious.

But people learn those skills, for one specific reason.

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No, when it comes to clam shucking, it's all about finding the pearls.

A single pearl can fetch anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000, especially if it's the right kind of pearl.

No, when it comes to clam shucking, it's all about finding the pearls.

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Freshwater pearls are actually the most valuable.

They form when a clam or oyster gets a microscopic object stuck in its flesh. To combat this, the mollusk's body secretes concentric layers of calcium carbonate. That's what forms the pearl.

Freshwater pearls are actually the most valuable.

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Basically, nature's way of reducing a mollusk's discomfort turns into a pearly reward.

And for this woman, reward might be an understatement.

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