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Whale vomit worth $63,000 found by 8-year-old Charlie Naysmith

The whale vomit looked like a yellowish beige rock with a waxy finish, Charlie Naysmith says.
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Two chunks of ambergris, or solidified whale vomit, are pictured above. (Screengrab)

An 8-year-old boy made an improbable discovery walking on a beach in Great Britain, stumbling onto a large chunk of whale vomit.

And while that may sound disgusting, whale vomit is also very rare. It's worth up to $10,000 a pound.

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Charlie Naysmith told the Daily Echo newspaper that the vomit, known as ambergris, looked like a large yellowish beige rock with a waxy finish when he spotted it at Hengistbury Head.

Ambergris is a waxy substance that forms in the intestinal tracts of sperm whales and is expelled into the ocean.

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It's in high demand with perfume makers because it can be used to prolong a perfume's scent, according to CBS News.

A pound of it sells for as much as $10,000.

Naysmith's 600-gram piece of cetacean upchuck could be worth as much as $63,000, his father, Alex Naysmith,  told the Daily Echo are still researching the product.

Charlie is considering using the money to open an animal shelter, his father said.

Stephen Swain More than 1 year ago
These numbers don't add up. At one point, the article says that ambergris can be worth as much as $10,000/pound. It says the piece Charlie found weighed 600 grams, which is 1.32 pounds, roughly, which equals $ 13,200 roughly. Then the article says that his piece could be worth $63,000. Did the writer mean $13,000? That would maybe make more sense.