Woman Bites Into Oyster, Finds 51 Pearls

A diner at a Tennessee restaurant was surprised to find 51 pearls in a single fried oyster.

If you’ve ever bitten into an oyster and discovered a pearl, you probably felt pretty lucky (once you got past the initial tooth-jarring alarm). But a diner at a restaurant in Franklin, Tenn., got lucky 51 times over with a single oyster.

Toni Elliott – a big oyster fan — was enjoying her lunch order of fried oysters a couple of weeks ago at Puckett’s Boat House when she discovered one, then two … and ultimately 51 tiny, shiny pearls in the final oyster on her plate.

“One maybe, two at the most, but you never expect to find more than that,” she told local ABC News affiliate WKRN. “It was very unusual.”

Elliott collected all the pearls in a container provided on the spot by her server, who called the whole experience “pretty cool.”

She told WKRN she intends to keep the pearls, the value of which is not clear, as a souvenir. Perhaps she can string them all together and make a nice necklace?

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