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For almost a year he was saving his find, before discovering that what he had in his possession was vomit of whale with a price of more than $ 300,000.
The fisherman found a rare hardened substance on the beach and preserved it without imagining its value.
On a beach in Koh Samui, Thailand, a 55-year-old fisherman found a strange, waxy and hard substance earlier this year about whose origin he only learned of this week.
The governor of the province, Witchawuth Jinto, arrived Tuesday with specialists to the man’s house, identified as Jumrus Thiachot, and there they verified that what he found was vomit of whale, also known as ‘Ambergrisis’.
Thiachot had previously asked his neighbours to help him determine what it was, but no one knew or had a way of finding out. The fisherman kept the piece for almost a year, until he decided to show it to local authorities and ask for it to be examined, reports The Mirror.
“I needed to know the truth, so I contacted the authorities, to verify. Now, knowing that it is real whale vomit, I will sell it,” said Thiachot, who earns about $13 a day.
According to experts, the piece found contains more than 80% gray amber. Because of its weight, it could be valued at $ 320,000.
Coveted by Perfumeries
Gray amber is a secretion of the gastrointestinal tract of whales, induced by their bile ducts, which facilitates the passage and expulsion of large or sharp objects. The whale vomit is a smelly substance, known as mucilage, which subsequently solidifies.
When dried, the substance obtains a pleasant, lasting and very peculiar smell, which has long since made it a high value ingredient for the perfume industry.
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Source: Actualidad RT