Luck comes at the strangest and most unexpected hours and for this fisherman from Thailand, it came in the form of rock-shaped lumps that he found on a beach.
These lumps tuned to be whale vomit worth a whopping $ 3.2 million!
This fisherman in Thailand was making just $ 670 a month and struggling to make a living before finding roughly 220 pounds of ambergris (whale vomit), an ingredient necessary to make some of the world’s most expensive and luxurious perfumes like Chanel No. 5.
You’ve already had a bid for $ 320K without the Ambergris ever being quality tested, but when all this is said and done, it could be worth $ 3.2 million depending on Sun.
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Naris Suwannasang, 60, saw several pale rock-like lumps on a beach while walking along the sea at Nakhon Si Thammarat, southern Thailand.
He called his cousins to help him take the items home, where they began to examine the unusual discovery.
To his amazement, the large rocks appeared to resemble ambergris, a rare secretion from whales that is used as an expensive ingredient in perfume production, such as Chanel No. 5, to make its scent last longer.
The family tested the surface by burning it with a lighter, causing it to melt instantly while giving off a musky smell, giving them further confirmation of their find.
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“The businessman told me that he would come later to check the quality of the ambergris and the price surprised me,” he said.
“I could get around THB 960,000 per kilogram if the ambergris I found is the best grade.” Naris is now waiting for specialists to confirm that the material found is ambergris.
He added that he intends to go to the police to make a record of his discovery, so there is some record that he is in his possession, in case someone tries to steal the potentially incredibly valuable substance.
“I also plan to go to the police and have my discovery recorded, as I was afraid they might be stolen from my home,” he said.
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An odorless alcohol called ambrein is extracted from ambergris and is used by perfume manufacturers to make the scent of a perfume last longer, especially by more expensive perfume producers.
Ambergris comes from sperm whales, which eat large numbers of cephalopods, marine animals such as squid, octopus, and cuttlefish.
Some believe that the whales then vomit the substance, earning their nickname, but Richard Sabin, curator of marine animals at the Natural Museum, believes otherwise.