Boy finds a bonanza in whale vomit

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    Sep 02, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    Hmmm - wasn't sure if this was entertainment or science... but it did come from NBC's science blog...

    http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/29/13552161-boy-finds-a-bonanza-in-whale-vomit?lite

    An 8-year-old boy in England could be up to $63,000 richer, thanks to a piece of solidified whale vomit he picked up on the beach. The chunk may look like a yellow-brownish rock, but it's actually a primo piece of ambergris, an expensive perfume ingredient that is, um, spewed out by whales.
    Charlie Naysmith stumbled upon the loaf-sized lump at Hengistbury Head, on the southern coast of England, the Bournemouth Echo reported over the weekend.

    As far as Charlie was concerned, it was just a seaside curiosity. But after doing some research, he and his family determined that the curious lump could be worth somewhere between £10,000 and £40,000 ($15,850 to $63,350).

    [...] More recently, ambergris — or ambrein, a compound extracted from ambergris — has been used as a fixative or fragrance amplifier rather than the main ingredient in perfumes. Ambergris' selling price has been quoted at $10 to $50 per gram, depending on the quality of the specimen. (The Echo estimates that the lump found at Hengistbury Head weighs about 600 grams, which suggests that Charlie shouldn't count on building a $63,000 house for his animals.)
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    Sep 02, 2012 9:17 AM GMT
    I need to find a bulimic whale...
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    Sep 02, 2012 9:57 AM GMT
    I've often hoped to come across one of these on one of our 1000klms of remote beaches - apparently it as likely as winning the lottery!
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    Sep 02, 2012 10:50 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidI need to find a bulimic whale...


    Heck yeah!
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  • allatonce

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    Sep 02, 2012 11:13 AM GMT
    When life gives you whale puke, make perfume.
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    Sep 02, 2012 11:15 AM GMT
    allatonce saidWhen life gives you whale puke, make perfume.

    I've just had a Whitney flashback seeing your username!
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    Sep 03, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    ozgreenguy said
    allatonce saidWhen life gives you whale puke, make perfume.

    I've just had a Whitney flashback seeing your username!


    ....I had to google that to know what you meant.
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    Sep 03, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    'Floating Gold'

    Ambergris is a waxy, bile-like substance that builds up in the intestines of sperm whales, apparently to ease the passage of hard material such as squid beaks through a whale's digestive tract. It's often characterized as whale vomit, and although that's fine as a family-friendly description, the stuff is more widely thought to COME OUT OF THE WHALE'S BACK END rather than its front end.

    Fresh ambergris smells like FRESH WHALE POOP, but after a long period of seasoning and hardening in the ocean, it takes on a more delicate odor. It's been variously compared to the aroma of tobacco, the scent of an old wooden church, the fragrance of seaweed, or the smell of rubbing alcohol without the pungency.



    Umm, I dunno what to say icon_eek.gif

    I used to look at flies on $*#% and think to myself:
    "What a life to desire another animals $*#% the way they do".

    Now I've read this story... icon_eek.gif

    *never looks at perfume/fragrance the same again*
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    Sep 03, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    GenericProfileName said'Floating Gold'

    Ambergris is a waxy, bile-like substance that builds up in the intestines of sperm whales, apparently to ease the passage of hard material such as squid beaks through a whale's digestive tract. It's often characterized as whale vomit, and although that's fine as a family-friendly description, the stuff is more widely thought to COME OUT OF THE WHALE'S BACK END rather than its front end.

    Fresh ambergris smells like FRESH WHALE POOP, but after a long period of seasoning and hardening in the ocean, it takes on a more delicate odor. It's been variously compared to the aroma of tobacco, the scent of an old wooden church, the fragrance of seaweed, or the smell of rubbing alcohol without the pungency.



    Umm, I dunno what to say icon_eek.gif

    I used to look at flies on $*#% and think to myself:
    "What a life to desire another animals $*#% the way they do".

    Now I've read this story... icon_eek.gif

    *never looks at perfume/fragrance the same again*





    If you click on the article you can see a picture of the kid holding it up to his face.
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    Sep 03, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    aqua di whale vomit, the new fragrance by giorgio armani
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    Sep 03, 2012 9:25 PM GMT
    rondan said
    GenericProfileName said'Floating Gold'


    If you click on the article you can see a picture of the kid holding it up to his face.


    Yeah...true! I wonder if the camera man told him BEFORE the pic or AFTER the pic was taken what that "rock" was made of?!

    *Now kid hold that Whale Golden Rock real close and gimme a BIG SMILE*

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    Sep 03, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
    What's an airplane doing in whale puke? icon_eek.gif

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    Sep 03, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    I have some real ambergris essential oil. It does smell just like a lot of perfume/cologne. It's a very sweet smell, almost floral, but not quite. Definitely not like poop or fish guts icon_smile.gif