Hudson Strait Pearl - Rare

Rare Hudson Strait pearl found in blue mussel gathered under the ice in winter at upper tip of northern Quebec.

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Blue Mussel Pearl

The person who found that was eating the blue mussels. It's abnormally large for our region.

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Blue Mussel Pearl

The color is very dark blue purplish almost translucent with a little bit of white in the center of the pearl.

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Lady who found Blue Mussel Pearl

The person who found the pearl is from a small community of Kangirsujuaq (Wakeham Bay) on the northern tip of Quebec along the shorelines of Hudson strait.

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Gathering Blue Mussels Under Ice in Northern Quebec

The Inuit people here have a long history of picking mussels and it is one of the main diets of the community.

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Picking Blue Mussels Under Ice

People here even go under the ice to pick up the mussels during the winter time.

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Blue Mussel Pearl

It looks like a black pearl from the photo but when you take a look at it the details of the pearl are very beautiful.

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Blue Mussel Pearl from Northern Quebec

This is the only pearl we have seen this size and in this color.

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Blue Mussel Pearl found by Inuits

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Rare Blue Mussel Pearl from near Arctic Circle

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Blue Mussel Pearl from Quebec, Canada

Blue Mussel Pearl from Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec
Hudson Strait in Northern Quebec, Canada

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