posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 04:47 AM
BRITISH man has been offered $65,625 for a strange-smelling rock his dog found on a beach, which may be a rare form of whale vomit used in
Ken Wilman was walking his dog Madge in the coastal town of Morecambe in northwest England when she began "poking at a rather large stone" with a
waxy texture and yellowish colour. At first he left it on the beach but later retrieved the object, which he believes is a piece of ambergris, a
substance found in the digestive systems of sperm whales.
Whales sometimes spew up ambergris, which floats on water and has been highly prized for centuries. It is used in perfume-making for the musky
fragrance it acquires as it ages - but newer ambergris is foul-smelling.
He picked it up and smelled it, put it back down again and thought 'urgh'," Wilman told the BBC on Thursday.
"It has a musky smell but the more you smell it the nicer the smell becomes."
The tests results are not in as of yet, but if it proves to be ambergris, it is worth a lot. It's a very important base for perfumes and it's hard to
find any artificial substitute for it.
As disgusting as this sounds, the substance is actually in demand with perfume makers as it helps prolong the scent of perfume. That's why a pound of
the whale waste sells for as much as $10,000.
That is one extraordinary find.
Vomit hunting any one?!?!
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