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Pearly find gets repeated

January 14, 2008 8:06:39 AM PST
Two weeks after a Florida man found a rare pearl in his seafood, it's happened again -- this time to a New Jersey man who was eating fried oysters. Mike McHenry thought he had chomped down on a piece of shell last week and instead spit out a pea-sized pearl. A marine specialist Rutgers Cooperative Extension says 95 percent of pearls are cultured for production so the natural pearl was a rare find. Last month, a Florida man found a rare iridescent purple pearl in his steamed clams while eating out in South Florida. That one was about half the size of a jellybean.

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