Precious Rare Pearl
Precious rare pearl found while eating mussels.
A woman eating mussels she had collected for her dinner was stunned after she nearly swallowed a rare pearl.
Tamsyn Bond picked up dozens of the shelled molluscs during a trip to the Helford estuary in Cornwall.
She returned home and cooked them but when she began to eat them she had a bit of a shock.
She said: "I took a bite into the first mussel and thought I'd come across a bit of grit or sand and promptly spat it out. I heard a crunch and after having a quick look to see what it was, I saw this perfect round pearl, much to my astonishment."
Tamsyn, a hotel owner in Mousehole, Cornwall, added: "I've heard of people finding pearls in oysters, but not mussels. I'm going to keep it very safe."
Natural pearls form without any human intervention and are very rare – found in just one per cent of mussels.More about finding a precious rare pearlHave you ever found a pearl?