Friday, February 1, 2013

Whale Vomit: Ambergris (Picture of the Day: 2/1/13)

Ken Wilman with his dog and his find. Source

The news these days seems to be filled with unhappy things, so I thought I'd post something lighthearted. This picture here is of a British man by the name of Ken Wilman. He recently found a chunk of hard, yellow substance that could give him a healthy sum of cash. He was walking down the beach one day when his dog started sniffing a strange, yellow rock. As it turns out, this rock was actually ambergris, otherwise known as sperm whale vomit. Why is finding vomit such a good thing? Well, as it turns out, ambergris is used in perfumes and is a very valuable substance. Already Ken has been offered $68,000 for his find, so I imagine he is a very happy man.
To find out more, check out this article.

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