Thank you for sharing your great pearl farm adventure!
Thank you for the link to your report on your trip to the pearl farm sondich. Looks like a lovely place. Didn't really see much of a pearl farm operation in the images and some of the pearls look decidedly suspect (freshwater cultured) in one shot on TripAdvisor. Other images show different shells from Pinctada radiata (P. maxima and some others) as well as some cultured blisters on shells. So overall seems like there are mixed messages on the products from the farm and it seems that a few buildings are in need or repair per some visitor's feedback.
However, I do appreciate you highlighting this thread again and bringing my attention to a farm I did not know existed. Many thanks!
PS. Surprised it is P. radiata and not the close family member P. imbricata they are using in that part of the world. Interesting.
As a diver, I was very disappointed with the marine life in Cozumel. It was completely dead, and bleached. Very sad to see this under water.