Thursday, August 30th, 2012 by Mike McKay
Posted in Your Morning Show
An eight year old boy stumbled across a disgustingly lucrative discovery.
An 8-year-old boy in Bournemouth, Great Britain, may have some gross profits after finding a piece of whale vomit that may be worth $63,000. Charlie Naysmith was walking on the beach of Hengistbury Head when he came across a big hunk that looked like a yellowish beige rock with a waxy finish and picked it up. With the help of his parents, he discovered his hunk was not a rock, but a piece of ambergris, a substance barfed or pooped up by sperm whales.
As disgusting as that 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.
Naysmith’s piece of cetacean upchuck has been estimated to be worth as much as $63,000, but, according to his dad, Alex Naysmith, they are still researching the product.