Whale vomit found on a beach could be worth thousands
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!
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.