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Who would have thought that vomit could be worth so much?! 8-year-old Charlie Naysmith from the UK thought he had simply found an interesting rock on the beach, but it turned out he had a piece of ambergris, also known as whale vomit, worth $63,000. Ambergris is a key ingredient in the manufacture of perfume and is incredibly valuable. However Charlie is not letting his new-found wealth go to his head – he has vowed to use to the money to build shelters for animals.

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  1. Ryan Fielding September 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    If he found 600gams (1.3 pounds), which according to this article goes for $10,000 per pound (though I think that is a type-o an should be 1,000), how is his find of 600 grams worth $63,356? $10,000 x 1.3lbs (600grams) is $1,300 not $63,356.

  2. Jan Finken August 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Does anyone else ever wonder how someone figured out that whale vomit prolongs the scent of perfume? I picture someone walking along the beach, worried about the short time that the scent of perfume lasts, and picks up whale vomit and says “oh, maybe I should try this?”

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