After tucking into one of the molluscs, he felt a lump in his mouth - and found the million-to-one stone. A seafood lover who bought an oyster to cure his hangover beat odds of a million-to-one – when he found a rare PEARL inside.
Lucky James Humphries bought two fresh oysters from his local fishmongers to help ease a headache caused by too much beer the night before. But after tucking into one of the molluscs, he felt a lump in his mouth. Warehouse manager James, said: “I thought a filling had fallen out.
It was only when I spat it out that I discovered it was a pearl. "It’s small, but perfectly formed and I absolutely love it.” Experts say the find is very rare as natural pearls are normally found in pearl oysters – not Pacific oysters that James had bought. James, 34, of Newquay, in Cornwall, picked up the oysters from E Rawle & Co fishmongers – as he does every Saturday morning.
He said: “They are the perfect hangover cure.”
Fishmonger Gareth Horner, whose grandfather set up the business in 1936, said: “I’ve been here for 30 years and sold thousands of oysters — but I’ve never seen a pearl come out of one. “My dad has been in the business even longer and he’s never heard of it either.”