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| 24 June 2021, Thursday |

‘Smell Wasn’t Nice, But Lots of Money’: Yemeni Fishermen Discover ‘Whale Vomit’ Worth $1.5Mln

Ambergris, also referred to as the “treasure of the sea” or “floating gold” is the most sought-after material as it is used in perfumes to help them last longer. It usually sells for up to $50,000 per kilogram.

A group of 35 fishermen from Yemen hit upon an unbelievable jackpot and their rags to riches story is now going viral around the world.

It happened as they came across the carcass of a giant sperm whale.

These poor fishermen learnt about the ambergris or ‘whale vomit’ while sailing in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Seriah in southern Yemen.

According to media reports, a fisherman from Seriah alerted a group of 35 fishermen to a carcass of the giant mammal and told them it might contain ambergris. On approaching the giant corpse, the fishermen smelt the ripe aroma of marine fecal odor. It made them certain there was something inside the belly. The group then took the body of the dead mammal ashore to examine it.

On cutting it open, they were surprised to find lump of waxy, black ambergris weighing more than 125kg. However, their surprise turned to ecstasy when they learnt that the “treasure” was worth a whopping $1.5 million.

“We are all poor. It was an unimaginable price. We never expected this thing would give us such a huge amount,” one of the men told the media.

Reportedly, the fishermen sold the substance for approximately 1.3 billon Yemeni rials (about $1.5 million) to a trader from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

They decided to share the profits equally but also donated some money to poor families in their community. Fishing is the main source of income in Yemen, which is known as one of the world’s poorest countries.