A couple walking along a beach found an object that is shaped like a small watermelon, is whit and with a rubbery texture. The mass weighed the same as an American football. (Regular or NE deflated ones?) They were shocked when they found out the smelly rock was whale vomit. (Or whale poop depending on which scientist you ask) It is believed that whales produce these to shield the whales from sharp objects they may accidentally eat just like an oyster that produces pearls to protect it from abrasives such as sand.
When Gary and Angela Williams strolled along Middleton Sands beach near Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, U.K., they discovered a waxy, rubbery rock that smelled like a mixture between vomit and manure. Little did they know, the rock was worth more than its weight in gold.
The stinky, nasty lump was actually whale vomit – or ambergris – and is treasured among perfume producers, selling for tens of thousands of dollars.
The ball of whale vomit weighed 3.46 lbs and about the size of an American football.
In 2013, a man walking along the same location found a lump of whale vomit after his dog went crazy over a dirty old rock, reported NBC News. It weighed half the size of Gary and Angela’s rock and sold for around $171,000.
Ambergris develops a sweet, earthy aroma as it ages, which is why it’s so rare and highly sought after. Luxury perfumes such as Chanel No. 5 use ambergris as an ingredient.
The vomit consists of hardened intestinal mush from a sperm whale and can take years to form. Ambergris is believed to protect whales form the rigid and sharp objects it eats.
The couple are in negotiations to sell the vomit.