Woman finds 50 pearls after biting into oyster

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A woman who was dining at a Franklin restaurant bit into an oyster and found 50 pearls.

It happened Thursday at Puckett’s Boat House on East Main Street.

Toni Elliott was having lunch when she was shocked to discover pearl after pearl inside her meal of fried oysters.


Puckett's pearls

Eric Horton, who was the server at the table, confirmed Elliott was surprised by what she found.

“She put an oyster in her mouth…and pulled out a pearl,” he explained.

Eric Horton
Eric Horton

Finding one pearl isn’t that uncommon; however, Elliott found a great deal more.

“She ended up pulling 50 pearls out of this oyster,” Horton said.
The server grabbed a bucket and started collecting the pearls.

“I’m one of the longer tenured people here, so having seen that, being a part of that is pretty cool,” Horton told News 2.

Producing pearls is an oyster’s way of protecting itself against foreign substances.

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