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Int'l - Fishermen net once-in-a-lifetime find — $1.5 million worth of whale vomit windfall after dredging up a 280-pound hunk of the stuff

A 35-man fishing crew working off Yemen netted the find of a lifetime when they hauled in about $1.5 million worth of whale vomit.

A 35-man fishing crew working off Yemen netted the find of a lifetime when they hauled in about $1.5 million worth of whale vomit.

Whale vomit is also known as ambergris and is an odorous substance found only in the digestive systems of sperm whales. According to the UK's Natural History Museum, the substance is often called the "treasure of the sea" and "floating gold" because of how rare it is.

Ambergris is particularly valuable for its use making perfumes' scents last longer. According to National Geographic, Chanel and Lanvin use ambergris in some of their high-end scents.

The substance was a rare find. The fishing boat just happened to haul up a sperm whale's carcass while fishing in the Gulf of Aden, per The India Times. While they were towing it back to shore, the crew determined there might be ambergris in the whale's stomach, because of the strong smell of marine fecal odor that the substance emits.

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