A 49-year-old woman in Thailand found a lump of ‘whale vomit’ worth almost a whopping £190,000 (Rs 1.9 crore) while walking on a beach near her house.
Siriporn Niamrin was walking along the beach after a rainstorm when she noticed a large mass washed up on the shore in Nakhon Si Thammarat province on February 23, reported Daily Mail.
On taking a closer look, the substance smelled like fish which compelled Niamrin to drag it to her house as she believed her find could be worth some money.
Niamrin sought her neighbours’ help with the oval-shaped substance and was surprised to know that it was in fact whale vomit, more commonly known as ‘ambergris.’ Ambergris is a valuable ingredient and used in the perfume industry.
To verify the authenticity of the ambergris, Siriporn and her neighbours held a naked flame up to 12 inches wide and 24 inches long. Initially, a part of it melted but later hardened again after cooling
Niamrin is now waiting for experts to visit her…