A woman in Thailand found whale vomit worth almost USD $250,000 while walking near her beach house.
Siriporn Niamrin, 49, was taking a stroll along the beach after a rainstorm when she spotted a strange looking huge mass wash up on the coast of Nakhon Si Thammarat province in southern Thailand on February 23.
Siriporn, when inspected the mass, found that it smelled like fish and assuming that it could be worth some money, brought it back home with her.
After speaking to her neighbours, she discovered that the weird looking oval-shaped find was whale vomit aka ambergris which is a valuable ingredient and used in perfumes.
The mass weighs almost 15 pounds with an approximate value of GBP £186,500 and to confirm if it is genuine, she is waiting for experts to visit her house.
Ambergris is produced by sperm whales when bile ducts in the gastrointestinal tract make secretions to ease the passage of large or sharp objects and when the whale vomits, it solidifies and floats to the surface.
It has a foul smell at first but once it dries out, it develops a sweet and long-lasting fragrance, hence it has ahigh value in the high-end perfume industry.
In December last year, a fisherman, Naris Suwannasang, came across 220 pound whale vomit while walking on the beach in Nakhon Si Thammarat, southern Thailand. Thammarat noticed several rocks washed up ashore and it turned out to be one of the biggest ever whale vomits.