Valuable sperm whale vomit discovered by small boy

This video is called Sperm Whale Encounter.

From the Huffington Post:

Charlie Naysmith, 8, Discovers Piece Of Whale Vomit Worth $63,000

By David Moye

Posted: 08/28/2012 6:00 pm Updated: 08/28/2012 6:27 pm

An 8-year-old boy in Bournemouth, Great Britain, may have some gross profits after finding a piece of whale vomit that may be worth $63,000.

Charlie Naysmith was walking on the beach of Hengistbury Head when he came across a big hunk that looked like a yellowish beige rock with a waxy finish and picked it up, according to the Daily Echo newspaper.

With the help of his parents, he discovered his hunk was not a rock, but a piece of ambergris, a substance barfed or pooped up by sperm whales.

As disgusting as that sounds, the substance is actually in demand with perfume makers as it helps prolong the scent of perfume. That’s why a pound of the whale waste sells for as much as $10,000.

Naysmith’s piece of cetacean upchuck has been estimated to be worth as much as $63,000, but, according to his dad, Alex Naysmith, they are still researching the product.

“He is into nature and is really interested in it. We have discovered it is quite rare and are waiting for some more information from marine biology experts,” Naysmith, Sr., said, according to

That isn’t stopping him from dreaming about how to spend his newfound riches. Currently, he is considering building some kind of a shelter for animals.

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    By Sophie Rishworth of the Gisborne Herald

    2:06 PM Thursday Sep 13, 2012

    A large sperm whale that beached itself at Mahia on Tuesday was malnourished and came ashore to die, the Department of Conservation says.

    The adult male was estimated to be about 60 years old, 15 metres long and weighed at least 50 tonnes.

    It came ashore about 7am on Tuesday and died not long after, said conservation officer Malcolm Smith.

    Two 20-tonne diggers, four DoC staff and a handful of volunteers were on the beach yesterday.

    Resident Bill Shortt said it was not uncommon for sperm whales and pygmy sperm whales to come ashore on the Mahia coastline.

    Twice a year, whales pass New Zealand en route to the Pacific Islands to breed over winter and back to the Antarctic Ocean to feed over the summer season.


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