Whale vomit found on a beach could be worth thousands

Sperm whale

A man and his dog have found a strange yellow lump on Morecambe beach, in Lancashire - no biggie you might think...

But the yellow rock-like substance could actually be whale vomit - and worth thousands of pounds!

Ken Wilman holding a lump of ambergris while his dog Madge sniffs it. Ken Wilman and Madge the dog

Sounds gross, but the substance is called ambergris, and comes from the stomachs of sperm whales.

  • Amergris is made up of beaks, squid and cuttlefish that whales can't digest.
  • Its nick-named 'floating gold' because it's worth a lot of money to people who make perfumes.
  • It takes between ten and twenty years for the vomit to turn hard.

At first it's soft and smelly and floats on the water, but after a few years, it turns harder and sweeter.

Then it can be worth lots of money because companies use it to make perfumes, medicines and sometimes as food flavouring.

Madge the dog sniffing the yellow rock which could be dried up whale sick Madge the dog sniffed out the rock

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