Rare whale vomit found by schoolboy on beach could be worth £40,000

  • Ambergris – the technical term for when whales vomit solidifies over decades – used in perfumes
  • Boy, 8, could make thousands if perfume industry buys the 600 grams haul
  • Wants to open an animal shelter with any money he earns

A schoolboy could make a gross profit after stumbling across a rare piece of whale vomit on a beach – which could by worth as much as £40,000.

Charlie Naysmith, 8, discovered the 600 grams solid piece of sick after taking a stroll along Hengistbury Head, near Bournemouth.

He came across a big chunk that looked like a yellowish beige rock with a waxy finish and picked it up, according to the Daily Echo newspaper.

One whale’s sick is a schoolboy’s treasure: Charlie Naysmith with the chunk of ambergris that he found on the beach at Hengistbury Head near Bournemouth

Decades of floating and exposure to sun and salt have turned the substance, technically called ambergris, into a smooth lump of compact rock which feels waxy and has a sweet smell.

As repulsive as it my sound, the substance is highly sought after with perfume makers as it helps prolong the scent of perfume. A pound of the whale waste sells for as much as £6,300.

His father, Alex, said they have contacted authorities to help them with their find: ‘He is into nature and is really interested in it.

‘We have discovered it is quite rare and are waiting for some more information from marine biology experts,’ AsianTown.net reported.

Charlie, of Christchurch, is a pupil of St Katharine’s school in Southbourne and has been on nature walks with his class in the area – but the chances of him discovering any more finds are slim.

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