12/23/2013

LA PERLE ... DES ROIS !


Etonnant pays qui multiplie les contrastes et qui bat des records.

Calme des alizés, violence des typhons, langueur des populations, puissance des tremblements de terre, douceur des tropiques, déchainement des éruptions volcaniques et les moussons qui apportent leurs lots de joie et de désolation. L’eau pour les cultures, pour la vie, l’eau qui tue et qui emporte tout.




Nous trouvons sur l’archipel, à la fois le plus grand et le plus petit des poissons ; le Sinarapan, le plus petit poisson commercial au monde (12,5 mm) et le requin-baleine 12 mètres pour un poids supérieur à 20 tonnes ; le plus grand des crocodiles jamais retenu en captivité, avec Lolong décédé il y a peu.

Le plus grand et le plus petit des coquillages, le clam ou bénitier géant et le Pisidium qui mesure à peine plus de quelques millimètres.

Nous avons également le plus petit homme vivant au monde, le plus petit buffle d’eau avec le Tamarraw, la plus grande diversité de coraux, le plus petit volcan avec le Taal, etc.

Mais ce dont je souhaite vous parler dans ce post, c’est de la plus grosse perle découverte à ce jour, la Pearl de Lao Tzu ou perle d’Allah. Une perle découverte dans les années 70 au large de Brooks Point sur l’île de Palawan, 24 centimètres de diamètre pour 6,4 kilogrammes.

Et bien le record est battu !  

Une nouvelle perle vient juste d’être découverte dans les environs de Boracay, à Aklan au centre du pays et cette dernière pèserait environ 9 kilos. L’on attend l’arrivée imminente des experts du Guiness book afin de confirmer la chose. Si la chose s’avérait exacte, cette perle portera le nom de ‘’Perle des Rois’’.


Mais je reste persuadé que ce record et bien d’autres seront battus ; le pays demeure fort mal connu et il reste beaucoup à explorer. 


A Chinese-Filipino resort owner in this island is also the owner of what will be considered as the largest pearl in the world.

In an interview Monday, Richard King, chairman of the Crown Regency Hotel, said that a group of gemologists from the Guinness Book of World Records is expected to arrive here Dec.19-20 to formally inspect the pearl he calls as the “Pearl of the Kings.”

Guinness currently recognizes the six-kilo “Pearl of Allah” now in the United States as the largest pearl in the world.

“Based on our initial measurement, the ‘Pearl of the Kings’ weighs around nine kilos and we are confident that we could be certified by the Guinness Book of World Records,” King said.
He added that he inherited the pearl from his grandfather. It reportedly came from the waters of Palawan like the “Pearl of Allah.”

Reports said that the “Pearl of Allah” also known as the “Pearl of Lao Tzu” was given by a Muslim chieftain in the 70s and was found by a diver at Brookes Point, Palawan.


“We have now decided to display the “Pearl of the Kings” at the oceanarium park in the Crown Regency Hotel as one of its attractions.
“Aside from the pearl, our oceanarium also boasts of having the longest oceanarium tunnel in the Philippines, having 30 meters length,” King said.

The “Pearl of Kings” although big is not considered as a non-nacreous pearl having no iridescence or sheen; thus it is not considered a gem stone.

It is said to have come from a giant clam which produces the so-called tridacna pearl.
The Crown Regency Hotels & Resorts are proud to exhibit a rare and unique treasure of nature to the world.

The Pearl of the King will officially be introduced to the public this December at the Crown Regency Resorts & Convention Center's amazing Boracay Oceanarium as one of its star attractions.

The Pearl of the King is the world's largest pearl ever discovered. This beautiful gemlike gift from nature is strong, resilient,and iridescent. It gives off a colorful bright glow when light passes through its translucent exterior. The pearl weighs an astonishing 9 kilograms. It measures 18 inches in diameter.


The Oceanarium presents a fabulous ocean habitat displaying marine animals, especially large ocean dwellers such as sharks. It offers the closest view and feel in nature one can experience in nature except when actually swimming with fish in the sea itself. The exhibit will further highlight antique maritime memorabilia entitled “Treasures of the Sea.” The extraordinary exhibit is expected to draw more tourists to the beautiful island.

Pearl of the KingThe pearl comes from the Giant Clam Tridacna found in the warm waters off the Philippines.

This largest of all clams can weigh 400 kg, stretch for 4 feet across, and live for over 100 years. Sadly, man has been overfishing this now diminishing, endangered species. Who knows if nature can therefore ever re-create such a special pearl?



The Pearl of Allah

The closest comparison to the Pearl of the King is the famous Pearl of Allah, also known as the Pearl of Lao Tzu. It was discovered in May 7, 1934 by a diver in a giant clam off the shore of Brooke's Point, Palawan, Philippines. The pearl resembled a turbaned head. It is sized 24 centimeters in diameter (9.45 inches) and weighs 6.4 kilograms (14.1 lb). The pearl becomes world's most valuable pearl as it was previously the largest pearl ever discovered. Gemologist Michael Steenrod in Colorado Springs has appraised the pearl at $60,000,000 (1982) and $93,000,000 (2007).


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