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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:52 PM

Rare whale vomit found on Morecambe beach - UK

A man from Morecambe believes his dog has found a rare piece of whale vomit while walking on the beach.

Ken Wilman said when Madge the dog "started poking at a rather large stone" he realised it was unusual.

He left the ambergris on the beach but "something triggered in my mind" and, after doing some research, he went back to get it.

The substance, which is found in the digestive system of sperm whales, is valuable and used in perfume.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-21254718

Previous find here :

Boy finds rare whale vomit on beach at Hengistbury Head.

An eight-year-old boy has discovered a rare piece of whale vomit on a Dorset beach which could be worth up to 40,000.

Charlie Naysmith found the 600g lump of ambergris in a patch of seaweed at Hengistbury Head in Bournemouth.

He said that when he first found it he thought it was a "normal stone".

But after looking it up on the internet with his father, Alex, they discovered that it was likely to be a rare form of vomit from a sperm whale.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-19431540

Today's one has already been identified is actually estimated to be worth 150,000. !

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dipsydoodle Jan 2013 OP
Buzz Clik Jan 2013 #1
LiberalEsto Jan 2013 #2
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #5
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #3
tblue Jan 2013 #4
flamingdem Jan 2013 #6
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #7

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:54 PM

1. Whale vomit is quite common...

... in the restrooms of whale pubs.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:56 PM

2. I wonder what they drink to make this precious puke? nt

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:57 PM

5. Its something to do

with their diet of giant squid.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:57 PM

3. Oddly enough

when they were discussing this on our UK tv news they mentioned it could come out of either end of the whale.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:57 PM

4. Sure beats common everyday whale vomit

Haha! Kinda eeeewwy. But interesting nonetheless.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:59 PM

6. I heard he's trying to sell it on Ebay

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:02 PM

7. He'd get more from a perfume manufacturer.

Because its whale related its a problem product to purchase these days - bit like ivory. In this case its obvious its natural.

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