This Stinky Rock Might Look Disgusting But It’s Far More Valuable Than You Could Imagine…
Couple Gary and Angela Williams hits the jackpot after picking up a large stinky rock on a beach. But why jackpot if this thing stinks like a dead fish? The truth is, this rare smelly rock is far more valuable than you could imagine. Here’s why…he couple from Overton, Lancashire, were strolling along Middleton Sands beach when they smelled a rotting fish. They followed the stinky smell and found a bizarre-looking rock. Apparently, the rock is a piece of “ambergris” or also known as a “whale vomit” which is used in perfume-making.
Gary and his wife are a bit shocked with the discovery and said, “It was down a section of the beach where no-one really walks. It smells too bad though. It’s a very distinctive smell, like a cross between a squid and farmyard manure. It feels like a rock hard rubber ball. Its texture is like wax, like a candle. When you touch it you get wax sticking to your fingers.” The whale vomit they found is slightly smaller than a rugby ball and weighs 1.57kg, this size could potentially worth a whopping £50,000.
The couple’s ambergris, which is also dubbed as “floating gold” due to its rareness and high value to perfume makers, is now under negotiations with potential buyers while being safely stored.
But what is ambergris anyway? Here are 10 things you need to know about this precious floating gold.
- Ambergris is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish colour produced in the intestines of sperm whales
- It’s produced by the whale to protect its gut from the very sharp beaks of squid that it feeds on deep down in the ocean
- Although called ‘whale vomit’, it is probably pooped rather than vomited
- It is excreted hundreds of miles away from land
- It can float on the ocean for years before washing ashore
- Years of exposure to the sun and salt water transform the waste into a smooth, grey, lump of compact rock which has a waxy feel to it
- Freshly produced ambergris has a marine, fecal odor and as it ages, it acquires a sweet, earthy scent
- It got its name because it looks like the amber washed up on beaches in the Baltic. Gris comes from the Latin word for grey
- It is used in the production of perfume and as a result is extremely valuable
- Scientists refer to ambergris as “floating gold” because of this