Despite being a relatively small country, the Philippines has a huge biodiversity. Many of those plants and beasts are extremely rare and you won’t be able to see them anywhere else on the planet. In fact, 16 new mammal species have been discovered in the Philippines in the last decade or so. Maybe you’d be the one to discover a brand new animal species in your backyard? Who knows, probably not, but still, go do some exploring!
World’s Largest Clam: Tridacna Gigas
Around 600 years ago this big fella swallowed a tiny grain of sand, and now it’s become the largest pearl in the world. Weighing over 14 pounds, and measuring 10 inches in length and 6 in diameter, this orb of hardened clam juices (where else did you think the pearls come from?) was named “The Pearl of Lao Tzu” and is currently worth over $40 million. Oh yeah, and the clam itself is ginormous!