Boy Finds Whale Vomit Worth $63,000

In Life by , on Thursday, August 30, 2012, 11:00 AM (PDT)
Moby Dick's hangover.


Ambergris Is Extremely Rare, Say Scientists

The ocean holds all kinds of treasure, but for one boy it came in the form of something pretty gross: whale puke. A British boy made the discovery of a lifetime when he found a yellow chunk of whale vomit, valued at $63,000.

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8-year-old Charlie Naysmith probably grossed out his parents when he came racing back from the beach with a large chunk of yellow wax, but those grimaces have now turned to big smiles.

Also known as ambergris, the substance is created in the intestines of sperm whales. It was historically used in expensive perfumes and food dishes, and many even considered it a powerful aphrodisiac.

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Marine biologists believe Naysmith's piece, which weighs 600 grams, could have been floating in the ocean for decades before its discovery.

As for the money, Charlie plans on giving it back to nature. He says he wants to use it "to build a house for animals."

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