Madrid: Last month, a whale found dead on Nogales beach on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma could be worth more than Rs 44 crore. Because scientists have found a precious treasure hidden in its bowels. Antonio Fernández Rodríguez, director of the Institute of Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Las Palmas, discovered during the whale’s autopsy that it had died of a digestive problem. A hard object was found stuck inside the fish, which turned out to be the cause of its death.
According to Vion’s report, Rodriguez, a scientist from the University of Las Palmas, said: “What I took out was a stone weighing about 9.5 kg. No one knew what I had in my hands. was ambergris. It has been estimated that the stone in Rodriguez’s hand could be worth more than $5.4 million (about Rs 44 crore). Now the institute is looking for a buyer who can buy some ambergris, and the money can be used to help victims of the volcano that erupted in La Palma in 2021.
What is ambergris?
whale vomit in general ambergris Ambergris is said to be derived from the Old French words ‘ambre’ and ‘gris’, which roughly translates to ambergris. Whales produce this solid, waxy substance in the form of vomit, which fishermen often find floating in the sea. Whales typically survive by eating large amounts of squid and cuttlefish. However, most of it is not digested and comes out as vomit. Some of it remains in the digestive system and binds over the years to form ambergris.
What is ambergris used for?
It is called the treasure of the sea or floating gold because perfume companies use ambergris alcohol extracted from ambergris to maintain the fragrance. Due to the rarity of this item, it has been banned in some countries like the UK and Australia. India has also banned the possession and sale of ambergris under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.