So … you learn something new every day. I had no idea that whale vomit was an essential ingredient needed to make my perfume last longer or the fact that a small chuck of the stuff is worth 63 thousand dollars. One whale’s trash is an 8-year-old boy’s treasure.
Charlie Naysmith was walking along the beach at Hengistbury Head in southern Britain when he picked up a large object that looked and felt like a stone.
As it turned out, that object was actually a piece of ambergris, a substance which is regurgitated by sperm whales. Ambergris is used to prolong the scent of perfume, and therefore is extremely valuable. The vomit, which weighs a little more than one pound, could be worth as much as $63,000.
Charlie is still unsure what he will do with the profits, but according to the Daily Echo, he may build a house for animals.
It is rare that the ambergris gets to shore, but when it does, it is worth its weight in gold. In 2006 a man found a 32.5-pound piece of ambergris on a beach in South Australia that was estimated to be worth nearly $300,000.
Read more at The Post Game.