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    British Boy Stumbles Upon Extremely Valuable Whale Vomit

    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.

    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.

    http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/anim...le-whale-vomit

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    Had that have been an Olympic event, they'd have another Gold.

    Daily Mail article:

    Moby Sick! Rare whale vomit found by schoolboy on beach could be worth £40,000

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    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow...165619292.html

    Man finds (valuable) whale vomit on English beach
    By Mike Krumboltz

    Just because something's gross doesn't mean it isn't valuable. Case in point: Whale vomit. A man taking his dog for a walk on the beach came across a pile of (maybe! hopefully!) whale regurgitation. Now he could stand to make more than $50,000 from the find.

    Who would pay tens of thousands of dollars for whale excrement? The perfume industry, of course. The substance, while foul smelling when it first hits land, becomes much more pleasant as it dries in the sun—and can be used to help prolong the scent of perfume....

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    If my kids were whales I'd be a rich woman right now....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donjeta View Post
    If my kids were whales I'd be a rich woman right now....



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