The first black pearl found in the wild is a species of marine crustacean called the “mollusc”.
It has been described as a “sewer-dwelling” fish and is found in shallow waters off South America and the Middle East.
However, this species is not the only type of marine fish to have its own pearl, and its discovery is just the first step towards developing a better pearl.
The white pearl (Aplysia macrocarpa) has been known since ancient times and is one of the most sought-after marine fish, although it can be found in more diverse waters, including deep-sea, oceanic, and freshwater environments.
But despite being found in varied waters, it has yet to be developed into a pearl.
“The white pearl is one species of pearl that has been in the literature for a long time and has been used in medicine for a very long time, but it is one that is still not widely known,” says John D. Schaeffer, a marine mammal paleontologist and curator at the University of California, Davis.
“Until recently, it was not clear that it was the first pearl that we would find.”
Here, Schaefer examines a sample of a white pearl recovered from the waters off the Philippines.
The pearl’s shape and color, which ranges from a dull brown to a brilliant yellow, were all discovered in a study published in Nature Communications in 2017.
In the study, researchers collected the pearl, called Aplysias macrocara, from a local reef in the Philippines, then examined it under a microscope.
The researchers found that the pearl was an entirely different animal than the white pearl that was known before.
In fact, the researchers also found evidence of a different type of pearl known as the “gold” pearl, which is also found in deep waters.
“It’s not like it was just a random event, like a little bit of reef rust,” Schaeff says.
“They just found this new species.”
The scientists then conducted additional tests to confirm the pearl’s existence.
The pearls were then analyzed under a laser microscope, and found to be different from any other pearl that they’d ever seen.
“There’s really no question that it’s an entirely new species,” Schauffer says.
The new pearl has the same physical characteristics as the white, gold pearl, but unlike the white or gold pearl is much less dense than the other pearl.
Schauff says it may take several generations of evolution before the white and gold pearl pearl can become a true pearl, although there is a high probability that it could be developed.
“I would think that they’re going to take quite a long while to develop these pearl varieties, and they probably wouldn’t be available for a while,” SchAEffer says of the pearl species.
“What we’re really trying to do is get a better understanding of how they’re formed.”
The researchers say they’re already using the pearl to develop a new technology to treat infections and other ailments.
“We’re developing an app that we’re using to detect the presence of bacteria in the environment,” says Schaeffe.
“If the pearl has these characteristics, we know it’s likely that bacteria are living in it.”
For the study’s second phase, the scientists will be testing the pearl with a different chemical called triclosan, which was first discovered in 1950.
“This is an antibacterial compound that has an affinity for the DNA of the organism, so it’s really important to see if it’s going to be effective in this new pearl,” Schausf says.
In addition to developing a new pearl, Schauf says the team will also be investigating other pearl types and their function in the marine environment.
“Ultimately, it’s all about how these organisms function, but what we’re trying to figure out is how the pearl itself might work, whether it’s a sponge, a coral, or a bony shell,” he says.
Researchers hope that their discovery will help researchers better understand how to develop pearl species, and could also provide information about what’s happening to the pearl and the marine ecosystem that produces them.