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    Wednesday, January 25, 2006

    Off Topic: Another thing I didn't know


    Sought after because of its rarity, ambergris can float on the ocean for years before washing ashore.

    Worth up to $20 a gram, Mr Wright's find on a South Australian beach could net his family US$295,000 (£165,300).

    "[But] after 10 years, it's considered clean and all you're getting then is the wonderful musky, very sweet perfume, which I've got to say is ultra smooth - it's unbelievable."

    Leon Wright and his wife took home a 14.75kg lump of ambergris, found in the innards of sperm whales and used in perfumes after it has been vomited up.


    Initially, ambergris is a soft, foul-smelling waste matter that floats on the ocean.
    But years of exposure to the sun and the salt water of the ocean transform the waste into a smooth, exotic lump of compact rock that boasts a waxy feel and a sweet, alluring smell.

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