Using vomit to make the world a better place for animals? That’s got to be a first.
Charlie Naysmith, an 8-year-old boy, discovered a mysterious chunk of matter resembling a rock on the Hengistbury Head beach near Bournemouth in the United Kingdom. Unlike the common rock, however, the waxy, sweet-smelling material Naysmith found is actually whale vomit, otherwise known as ambergris. While the average person would likely have no interest in vomit of any kind, ambergris is a hot commodity for perfumers because it can help maintain and lengthen a perfume’s scent.
What makes this story remarkable, rather than simply weird, is the fact that this vomit is estimated to be worth as much as £40,000. More remarkable still is that the animal-loving Naysmith hopes to open an animal rescue center with the money he receives from the sale of the ambergris.
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