Welsh ‘whale vomit’ rush

Posted on August 31, 2006 

Welsh ‘whale vomit’ rush

North Wales is facing a gold rush after ‘whale vomit’ was found washed up on its beaches.

Valuable ambergris – known as floating gold – has recently been found at Rhos on Sea and Shell Island, reports the Daily Post.

Finds can be worth around £2,000 – and they could lead to a gold rush among would-be beachcombers.

Ambergris is used to produce perfume and can fetch more than £10 a gram.

It is produced when the whale has been eating squid and their parrot-like beaks have irritated the walls of its innards.

Rarely recovered on British shores, ambergris is usually found on the coasts of the United States and Australia.

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from Ananova

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