It might sound strange at first but did you know that whale vomit is so valuable that it could be worth thousands of dollars? Well, it might sound a little crazy, but yes, it is true: whale vomit is worth thousands of dollars per pound!
French perfume companies are paying for whale vomit due to its compounds which have the ability to fix the scent of their products onto human skin. Although it may smell horrible at first, after some time, it will lose its foul odor as it ages and will eventually acquire a sweet and earthy scent.
The vomit, better known as ambergris, is a valuable resource used by perfume makers to help a scent last longer. Scientists from National Geographic believe ambergris comes from the sperm whale’s intestinal tract to help ease the passage of hard or sharp objects. They believe that when the whale swallows a foreign object, the whale will grease up the object to ease its exit from the body.
Here are some fast facts about Ambergris that you may want to know:
1. Ambergris is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish color produced in the intestines of sperm whales.
2. 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.
3. Although called ‘whale vomit’, it is probably pooped rather than vomited.
4. It is excreted hundreds of miles away from land.
5. It can float on the ocean for years before washing ashore.
6. 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
7. Freshly produced ambergris has a marine, fecal odor and as it ages, it acquires a sweet, earthy scent.
8. 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.
9. It is used in the production of perfume and as a result is extremely valuable.
10. Scientists refer to ambergris as “floating gold” because of this.
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