Boy discovers whale vomit worth $65K

Published On: Aug 30 2012 05:15:42 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 30 2012 10:42:53 AM EDT
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An 8-year-old boy stumbled across something both disgusting and lucrative while strolling the beach in his native Great Britain.

Charlie Naysmith discovered an unknown object that looked like a yellowish beige rock with a waxy finish, according to the Daily Echo newspaper. The "rock" turned out not to be a rock at all, but instead, a piece of ambergris, a substance expelled by sperm whales. Ambergris is actually in demand with perfume makers as it helps prolong the scent of perfume, which is why a pound of it 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.

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