A woman named Natalia Freire was on a date with her boyfriend when she noticed a little extra something in her clams.
The couple was dining at Restaurant Casa Sampedro in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, where Natalia also happens to work, when she pulled out a rare, purple pearl from a clam!
Natalia says she felt a “small spherical object in her mouth” after eating the first clam, and pulled out the purple pearl thankfully before swallowing it.
“My bosses were freaking out,” she told the Mirror. “The chef told me that clam orders are going to come out slower than usual from now on while she inspects each one with a magnifying glass.”
Though she has yet to get the pearl inspected, experts estimate its worth to be around £3,500, or a little over $4,300.
“I knew the clams in this place are delicious, but I could never imagine that they also hide such a nice thing,” Natalia added.
Restaurant owner Javier García said, “It is the first time I’ve ever seen something like this in my life. I didn’t even know there could be pearls in clams, I thought they were only in oysters.”
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