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article image'Whale vomit' find makes trio of Omani fishermen millionaires

By Karen Graham     Nov 9, 2016 in Odd News
Three Omani fishermen were lucky enough to make the find of a lifetime a few days ago when they came across something far more valuable than their catch. The trio found 176 pounds of sperm whale vomit, or ambergris.
In his late 30s, Khalid Al Sinani has been a fisherman for almost 20 years. He and his two partners came upon the blob of whale vomit off the coast of Qurayat, Oman after being out in a boat for a day of fishing.
Al Sinani knew about ambergris and had always wished he would be so lucky as to come across some because Oman is one of the regions of the world where ambergris can be found washed up on shore, if you're lucky. He and his mates happily hauled the heavy mass of whale vomit onto his 20-foot boat, reports Gulf News.
Once onshore, he went to find some experts to confirm the discovery. “After we made sure it was ambergris, we started cutting it in order to dry and sell it later,” Al Sinani said, according to the Indian Express.
The "whale vomit" is actually a solid waxy, flammable substance, usually a dull grey or blackish color produced in the digestive system of sperm whales. The 176 pounds (80 kilograms) of ambergris will probably fetch the fisherman as much as US$3.0 million.
Ambergris comes from the Old French "ambre gris" or "grey amber" and then derives from the Arabic word "anbar," meaning ambergris. It is really stinky when it's freshly produced, having a marine fecal odor.
But after it ages, it takes on an earthy, sweet smell. Ambergris is used in very high-end perfumes, such as Chanel and Lanvin as a "fixative" to make the scent last longer.
The trio of fishermen have already had numerous offers to purchase the blob of gold, with offers of anywhere from 7,800 Omani Rials per kilogram to 13,500 Omani rials per kilogram, which would amount to 1,080,000 rials (US $2.8 million at current exchange rates).
An auction will determine the final price, and it is entirely possible that the three lucky fishermen will end up millionaires.
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