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The ambergris or ambergris is a very expensive and sought after substance among perfume manufacturers that is used to make different products since the thirteenth century.
A Thai bar owner has just discovered that a block of sperm whale vomit that he had kept in his house for almost a year could be worth the staggering $ 500,000, reports Daily Mail .
Last June, Boonyos Tala-upara, a 44-year-old Thai, was walking on a beach on the island of Koh Samui, in the south of the country, when his attention was suddenly caught by a rare golden substance. As described to the environment, it was a peculiar bundle of about 10 kilos of weight with a waxy texture , “like cast candles.”
The man picked up the strange finding and took it to his garden, where he stayed until last month a friend who visited his home told him it could be sperm whale vomit, also known as ambergris or ambergris, a material in high demand among perfume manufacturers .
Realizing the possible gains he could get, Tala-upara called other friends and family to ask their opinion on the issue and they agreed with the first. Thanks to the dissemination obtained by its history, several specialists from the region have also offered to examine the piece.
According to Thon Thamrongnawasawat, assistant professor and vice chancellor of the Fisheries Faculty at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, there is a high probability that Tala-upara’s discovery will truly be ambergris.
“Whale vomit was also known as ‘ambergris’, which is the decaying food inside the stomach of the whale that has been inside for a long time, it has been used for fragrances in perfumes, food and cosmetics since the 13th century.” explained the professor.
“This could be like a winning lottery ticket for me, I want to sell it and retire,” admitted Tala-u, who now wants to sell the vomit for half a million dollars .