Omani Fisherman Becomes Millionaire After Finding ‘Whale Vomit’

Via: gizmodo

How many of you would be excited over finding a pile of intestinal slurry during your walk on the beach? That’s right! Intestinal slurry! As disgusted you may be at the moment, finding this baby could definitely make you rich overnight just like this Omani fisherman.

Khalid Al Sinani, an Omani fisherman just scored himself one million (Omani riyal) worth whale vomit. Khalid, who is in his late 30’s, found it floating on the shores of Qurayat province. According to him, he has been lately struggling to put food on the table for his family despite working for long hours every day.

Via: gulfnews

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Khalid told a local newspaper he had been waiting for this for the past 20 years. “My dream came true. I have been waiting for such a moment for the past 20 years when I started fishing with my father.”

For all those wondering, whale vomit? WHAT? Here’s what you need to know about it:

  • The word Ambergis comes from the Arabic word ‘anbar’.
  • Ambergris is a wax-like soft substance secreted from the intestines of the sperm whale, commonly known as “whale vomit”.
  • It forms in the digestive systems of sperm whales when a foreign object, often a squid beak, irritates their intestines.
  • The ambergris coats the irritant, much like an oyster coats a grain of sand to form a smooth pearl. Eventually, the waxy ball needs to come out, so the whale will expel it (from one end or the other).
  • Ambergris is also known as the “Floating Gold.”
Via: sbtv

Why is it worth millions you ask?

  • Ambergris is used in the making of high-end perfumes and their costs run up to thousands of dollars.
  • One of the most expensive perfumes are made in Oman. Amouage being one of the very famous luxury perfume brands from Oman is known for its use of ambergris in their perfumes.
  • One of the reasons why it is so highly valued is because of its ability to leave a scent last longer. (Isn’t that what we all need from our favourite perfumes?)
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Omani Fisherman Becomes Millionaire After Finding ‘Whale Vomit’

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