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Posted 7/14/08 , edited 7/17/08
What comes to our mind when we see a pile of vomit? Do we feel like puking due to the horrible smell? Vomit is due to the retraction of the oesophagus causing us to barf it out. So just what is it for? Well apparently whale vomit (also known as ambergis), yes whale vomit is very rare and valuable and it'll make you freaking rich!





This piece of disgusting dog poo look alike, costs $20 a gramme. Not to mention that it is used to make perfumes.

Here's some news about some lucky bastards who made a fortune out of an animal's puke
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4642722.stm

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/18/nyregion/18whale.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-526465/Rare-whale-vomit-net-dog-walkers-500-000.html


Ambergris (Ambra grisea, Ambre gris, ambergrease, or grey amber) is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull gray or blackish color produced in the digestive system of sperm whales. Ambergris has a peculiar sweet, earthy odor (similar to isopropyl alcohol); though it has now been largely displaced by synthetics, the principal historical use of ambergris was as a fixative in perfumery.


Ambergris occurs as a biliary secretion of the intestines of the sperm whale, and can be found floating upon the sea, or in the sand near the coast. It is also sometimes found in the abdomens of whales. Because giant squids' beaks have been found embedded within lumps of ambergris, scientists have theorized that the whale's intestine produces the substance as a means of facilitating the passage of hard, sharp objects that the whale might have inadvertently eaten. Ambergris can be found in the Atlantic Ocean; on the coasts of Brazil and Madagascar; and on the coast of Africa, of the East Indies, The Maldives, mainland China, Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand and the Molucca islands. However, most commercially collected ambergris comes from the Bahama Islands and Providence Island in the Caribbean.


Ambergris is found in lumps of various shapes and sizes, weighing from ½ oz (14 g) to 100 or more pounds (45.36 or more kg). When initially expelled by or removed from the whale, the fatty precursor of ambergris is pale white in color (sometimes streaked with black), soft in consistency, with a strong fecal smell. Following months to years of photo-degradation and oxidation in the ocean, this precursor gradually hardens, developing a dark gray or black color, a crusty and waxy texture, and a peculiar odor that is at once sweet, earthy, marine, and animalic. Its smell has been described by many as a vastly richer and smoother version of isopropanol without its stinging harshness.

In this developed condition, ambergris has a specific gravity ranging from 0.780 to 0.926. It melts at about 62 °C to a fatty, yellow resinous liquid; and at 100 °C it is volatilized into a white vapor. It is soluble in ether, and in volatile and fixed oils. Ambergris is relatively nonreactive to acid. White crystals of a substance called ambrein can be separated from ambergris by heating raw ambergris in alcohol, then allowing the resulting solution to cool.


There too has been rumours that it is used in one of the Chanel perfumes.

Adapted from wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambergris

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Posted 7/14/08
I don't care if it's rare. Collecting vomit from any source is just so wrong and disgusting.
Posted 7/14/08
Whale vomit smells good.
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Posted 7/14/08
wow

i never knew this!! haha
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umm.....ok

i never heard of people collecting vomit of any kind haha ^_^
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Posted 7/14/08
wow thats pretty impressive. thanks for sharing
Posted 7/14/08
didn't some royal guy eat a shit load of the stuff? (i go on wikipedia a lot)
Posted 7/14/08
Wow, that's interesting and yet disturbing
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lol, i heard of the stuff when i was watching futurama. i didn't even think it was real till now though..
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Posted 7/14/08
Thats old news for me, but thanks for sharing anyway. Never saw whale vomit before. Interesting.
Posted 7/14/08
I think now I know something more of the unecessary kind.
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never heard of that before. . . well thats interesting yet gross
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lol learn something new everyday
Posted 7/14/08
it look gross! cnt believe it is used in perfumes!
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Posted 7/16/08
WHAT THE HECK.

that reminds me of when my brother threw up a while ago....
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