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British boy finds valuable rare whale vomit

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Don't know if anyone saw this one yet but it caught my eye! I mean honestly I have been wasting all these years working when I could have been whale vomit hunting!

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.

"He is into nature and is really interested in it," said Charlie's father, Alex. "We have discovered it is quite rare and are waiting for some more information from marine biology experts."

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.

(H/T to The Huffington Post)

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/animal-house/201208/british-boy-stumbles-upon-extremely-valuable-whale-vomit

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That looks like a sub.

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Some guys have all the luck. Pfft. 'Tis enough to make you sick.

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They used to kill whales to get it .I'm glad they find it now, instead .

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So all you have to do is get a whale drunk and when he hurls you have made your fortune.

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Id take him for a drink, wouldnt be picking up the tab though, Hil.

Thanks,

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OK, now I will be looking for this stuff on the beach, instead of sea shells/coins/jewelry.

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i feel offended im japanese

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I'm totally getting a patent on rare vomit art. of course I'll need to eat a lot more interesting things but I could even sign my name in vomit....just think of the living I could make at Sotherby's auctions on rare vomit!!!! I'm down with the sickness. :)

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Even if it is worth 100's of thousands...yuck...

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Am I the only one here who never expected to see "valuable and vomit" in the same sentence?

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Charles II used to eat eggs and ambergris! It was supposedly one of his favourites.

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This ambergris...is it something similar to what oysters excrete in order to isolate an irritant?

Either way it is quite a find this boy has. :yes:

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Gross. No thank you.

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Lucky, all I find are pennies! Congratulations to this boy though. Amazing find. :)

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