What’s the most valuable thing you’ve found?
For one Thai fisherman the answer is clear. It’d the whale vomit he found washed up on the beach one day.
Whale vomit that’s estimated to be worth a whopping $469,00.
Yes, we are just as baff-led as you are.
Apparently whale vomit, or Ambergris, is a precious commodity, and often called “floating gold”.
Ambergris is sought after by the cosmetics industry as it contains ambrein, an odourless alcohol, which helps perfume last longer.
The solid, waxy substance is said to be formed in the intestine of a sperm whale, when their bile ducts make secretions to ease the passage of large or sharp objects.
Initially it has a foul smell, but once it has been bleached by the sun, the smell become more pleasant and can be described as “musky”.
The unsuspecting Thai fisherman took a year to discover how much his whale vomit was worth, keeping it in his shed. In the meantime, he continued to work for the equivalent of $19 Australian dollars a day.