A British boy found a whale’s vomit that could make him a $63,000 USD richer.
Charlie Naysmisth, 8, from Bournemouth, Great Britain was walking through the beach of Hengistbury Head when he found an unusual rock with waxy, smooth finish with ocean-like smell. Out of curiosity he picked it and with the help of his parents, he found out that it was an ambergris, a substance that is puked or pooped by whales.
Despite it’s disgusting, when it hardens it has the capabilities of prolonging a scents. That’s why, this substance is quite in demand to perfume makers and because it’s hard to find, and nature can only create it, it’s quite expensive. The estimated 600-gram piece of ambergris that Charlie got could worth $63,000 according to a bidder.
According to the father of Charlie, the kid is still thinking of what the kid’s going to do with his discovery and have thought of building an animal shelter.
“He is into nature and is really interested in it. We have discovered it is quite rare and are waiting for some more information from marine biology experts”, the father said.
Ambergris is a substance came from a sperm whale’s digestive organ which is barfed out of pooped. This is gross and has foul smell at first, but with continuous exposure to sunlight, sea water and many more natural occurrence, it hardens, and will create a natural pleasing smell. This can prolong the life of a scent. In 2005, a fragrance was created with ambergris as the main ingredient and a bottle was worth $11,000.