One mammal’s puke is another’s payday.
Ken Wilman was walking on a British beach with his dog Madge when he stumbled upon what he thought was a smelly, yellow rock. The rock was actually a big pile of whale vomit and it could turn into a big payout for Wilman.
The six pound lump of ambergris, an ingredient used in the manufacture of perfume, could be worth as much as 100,000 pounds.
Wilman is unemployed and when he first saw the pile of puke, he didn’t know what it was or recognize its value. Luckily for him, because of his dog and an Internet search, he figured both of those things out.
“I didn’t actually realise what it was at first and couldn’t understand why Madge was so interested in it,” he said. “It smelled horrible. I left it, came back home and looked it up on the internet. When I saw how much it could be worth, I went back and grabbed it. It is like walking on the beach and finding a bag of £50,000 in cash."
Wilman won’t be the first person to make some good money from a whale’s bodily waste. An Australian couple found a 32-pound chunk of ambergris while taking a beach walk of their, which netted them $295,000.
Chris Hill, curator at the Aquarium of the Lakes, says that the lump could be worth nearly $200,000 depending on how fresh it is. “There are places in Europe that will buy it from you. They will age it, like a fine wine, and then test it for perfume.”
Source: (The Mirror)