The Black Pearl (Scott O'Dell)
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Ramon Salazar finds a black pearl so beautiful that his father is certain Ramon has found the fabled Pearl of Heaven. This find will bring renown to their town, and to the Salazar name.
- Herman Melville: Moby-Dick (1851)
- John Steinbeck: The Pearl (1947) (also set among the pearl divers of La Paz)
- Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea (1952) (aging Cuban fisherman struggling with a giant marlin)
- Peter Benchley: The Girl of the Sea of Cortez (1982)