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#1    Owlscrying

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 10:52 AM

A man from Portland, Victoria has found a lump of ambergris, or whale spit.

The rare find had washed up on a beach. It comes from sperm whales and is used by the perfume industry.

The seven-kilogram lump could be worth more than $100,000.

The man who found it says the whale gets a build-up in the back of its throat after eating a giant squid. He says the whale coughs it up and the spit can float around for up to ten years.

The only sting in the tail is that it is illegal to sell ambergris.
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:34 AM

ooooo thats gotta hurt!! Finding something you know is valueable and probably easy to offload but is illegal to sell!  disgust.gif

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 12:05 PM

Being that this has been made public, the poor guy wouldn't even be able to sell it to the blackmarket....So what do you do with a lump of whale spit  rolleyes.gif

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 12:57 PM

the fact that the purfume industry uses ..whale spit...  is even more disgusting a thought then finding it...

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:03 PM

why is it illegal to sell whale spit that can only be obtained through natural     means. how does he know what     it is. and what perfume is it in

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:12 PM

Owlscrying on Mar 12 2008, 10:52 AM, said:

The only sting in the tail is that it is illegal to sell ambergris.
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This is simply not true and it can be bought, at great expense, from many retailers the world over.

Here's just one example - http://www.profumo.it/perfume/prodotto.asp?pid=2955

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:35 PM

Whale loogies are worth $?  Im in the wrong buisness.


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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:48 PM

I swear this has come up before on this Board disgust.gif .. Thats one rich guy now lol  grin2.gif

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:51 PM

ravergirl on Mar 12 2008, 01:03 PM, said:

why is it illegal to sell whale spit that can only be obtained through natural means.


Probably to stop people trying to capture sperm whales in order to get some.


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Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:14 PM

Raptor on Mar 12 2008, 07:51 AM, said:

Probably to stop people trying to capture sperm whales in order to get some.



Ya, grabing a sperm whale by the throught, roughing it up a little,  and then telling him to "cough it up"..... wait that kinda sounds like Saturday night at my house.


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Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:26 PM

Finsup22 on Mar 12 2008, 09:35 PM, said:

Whale loogies are worth $?  Im in the wrong buisness.

grin2.gif  yeah.. Maybe am gonna wait for 10 years or more to find that perfect spit.


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Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:31 PM

SilverCougar on Mar 12 2008, 12:57 PM, said:

the fact that the purfume industry uses ..whale spit...  is even more disgusting a thought then finding it...


Nothing but the best whale spit on your body to make you feel attractive. Blechh!


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Posted 12 March 2008 - 04:33 PM

Actually, I think ambergris comes from the stomach or something. Does that mean it's not spit?

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 04:34 PM

fierydodo on Mar 12 2008, 04:33 PM, said:

Actually, I think ambergris comes from the stomach or something. Does that mean it's not spit?


What I meant to say is that makes it whale sick...almost.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 04:36 PM

fierydodo on Mar 13 2008, 12:33 AM, said:

Actually, I think ambergris comes from the stomach or something. Does that mean it's not spit?

I think it's just a general term used by the people.

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Ambergris (Ambra grisea, Ambre gris, ambergrease, or grey amber) is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull gray or blackish color produced in the digestive system of sperm whales. Ambergris has a peculiar sweet, earthy odor (similar to isopropyl alcohol); though it has now been largely displaced by synthetics, the principal historical use of ambergris was as a fixative in perfumery.-wiki






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