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Man finds valuable vomit on the beach

By Mason White 6:46 PM February 2, 2013
Ken Wilman with his dog and the whale vomit 

A man got really lucky after finding vomit on the beach.
Just because something is disgusting does not mean it is worthless. 

Time to get to know whale vomit. A man taking his dog for a walk along the beach found a deposit of whale vomit. Now, he could stand to earn more than $250,000 from the disgusting find.

The reason whale vomit is so expensive is because perfume companies use the vomit to manufacture perfume. The substance, which stinks when it first hits land becomes a huge asset when its dried in the sun and is used to prolong the scent of perfume.

Ken Wilman’s dog began sniffing the substance known as ambergris, while walking on the beach at Morecambe England. Wilman went to investigate, picked up the stone-like object, gave it a smell and then dropped like a bad habit. Wilman told the a television news station: “When I picked it up and smelled it, I put it back down.”

Wilman left the beach, but the stinking discovery was on his mind. He did some research and discovered that the stone was likely ambergris. So he then returned to the beach and recovered the object that weighed three kilos. A French trader has already offered him more than $250,000.

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