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Gross Find Will Make 3 Fishermen Very Rich

They roped in a huge chunk of whale vomit in Oman

(Newser) - Three fisherman in Oman have found 176 pounds of precious ambergris—a substance that is essentially whale vomit but highly prized by the perfume industry. Seeker reports that the ambergris could be worth as much as $2.8 million. "I’ll wait to see how this sale will go... More »

Lucky Couple Finds Precious Lump of Smelly Whale Vomit

It could get them more than $70K

(Newser) - Good fortune has never smelled so bad. The Mirror reports Gary and Angela Williams found a lump of "floating gold"—more accurately described as whale vomit—Sunday while walking on a British beach. It wasn't too hard to find the ambergris, which is both rare and valuable;... More »

A Man and His Dog Uncover Whale Vomit Worth $68K

Ambergris actually isn't a smelly rock...

(Newser) - One British man is poised to become $68,000 richer thanks to his dog's interest in stinky garbage—which, in this case, turned out to be a soccer ball-sized lump of whale vomit, reports the AP . Ken Wilman was walking his dog Madge along a beach in northern England... More »

Boy Finds Whale Vomit Worth Thousands

It's valuable stuff, at least for perfume makers

(Newser) - One whale's upset stomach is about to make an 8-year-old boy in Britain a tidy little profit. The youth found two solidified clumps of whale vomit on a beach, reports Global Post . And as any reader who made it to chapter 92 of Moby Dick remembers, that's valuable... More »

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