It is not necessary to find gold to be rich; in fact, it is almost equally profitable to find ambergris, a substance that comes out of the intestines of the sperm whale and that is worth thousands of dollars. It's so precious in the world that many people are dedicated to hunting for it. But above all, it sought for by many fragrance creators, who use it as part of their perfumes.
How much is it?
Ambergris is a substance that protects the sperm whale's intestines in case it swallows any sharp object. Sometimes, if it is blocked, then it will be vomit, but when expelled it hardens and that is how it reaches the coast. Sperm whale costs a lot of money: half a kilogram can give you up to 10 thousand dollars. The industry that most uses it is that of perfumes due to the particular essence that fixes it to the skin of the person, making it last longer in the body. In 2005. a Marie Antoinette perfume was recreated that was made with ambergris and sold for $ 11,000 each bottle.
Some famous and exclusive restaurants also use it in their recipes, believe it or not. The trade of ambergris is usually secret and those who know the climate and conditions to find it keep it hidden. In addition, in some areas of the world, its trade is prohibited because the sperm whale is an animal in danger of extinction.
Another reason to keep it secret is that people would not be willing to buy whale poop perfume if they knew where it came from. But now that you know it, you may want to pay more attention when you go to the beach. Some lucky people have found ambergris worth thousands of dollars, without even looking for it. Did you ever see a rock like that and let it go?
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