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$63,000 Whale Spew

$63,000 Whale Spew


When Charlie Naysmith went on a nature stroll with his class, he had no idea the beige stone he found on the beach would be worth $63,000.


It’s what?!

Charlie had found ambergris, a goop that sperm whales barf or poop. Pardon me for a moment while I………..EWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, now that that is out of the way, let me give you a little more detail.  Ambergris is a waxy substance from the intestine of a sperm whale that is used in the making of perfume to prolong the scent, and goes for about $20 a gram.   Charlie’s ambergris had been vomited up by a sperm whale who knows how long ago. It could have been washed up for decades before anyone thought to give it a second glance.

The Sweet, sweet, smell

Charlie and his family at first had no clue what the waxy stone was.  After a bit of research they discovered it was the expensive perfume additive. They are waiting on a bit more testing before they sell the 1.5lbs piece.  Charlie is  debating on what to do with his new found riches.   He is currently leaning towards building an animal shelter. You’re a better man than me, Charlie.  I would have invested in a nice shelter for myself!


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8 Comments to “$63,000 Whale Spew”
  1. Well as an organic & recycled artist, I would love to have some ambergris to add to my work as a scratch and smell fixative to the smelly material I mix into my medium for lasting impressions. Once I had a small amount of ambergris given to me on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Lots of dead whales wash up on the beaches down there. I did not know it was so valuable, nor what it was used for at the time. Oh well, maybe I will find a chunk of it next time I’m down there. The kid was in the right place at the right time to find such a rare chunk of vomit!

  2. So, a kid finds a piece of whale PUKE, and it has probably been for a few decades, but why didn’t anybody think twice about it? If I had found it before Charlie, I would’ve blown chunks myself if I knew what I was holding.

  3. I think that is extremely cool and spectacular that a kid found it he is one lucky person. Have fun with your whale throw up.

  4. I wish I was that kid.

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