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. Find out below!
The 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.
Knowing that the bizarre sticky rock is highly valuable, as they had already read about it in a newspaper, the couple immediately wrapped the ambergris in a scarf and took it home.
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.
In 2013, a 2.7kg whale vomit found in Morecambe was valued at up to £120,000. Meanwhile, a 1.1 kg one found on a beach in Anglesey, Wales, was bought for £11,000 at an auction in Macclesfield, Cheshire last September.
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.
Ambergrease or grey amber, is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish colour, produced in the digestive system of sperm whales.
Freshly-produced ambergris has a marine, fecal odour. However, as it ages, it acquires a sweet, earthy scent, commonly likened to the fragrance of rubbing alcohol, without the vaporous chemical astringency. Although ambergris used to be very highly valued by perfumers as a fixative (allowing the scent to last much longer), it has now largely been replaced by synthetic ambroxan.
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