Fishermen Yemenis have received exceptional purchase offers after discovering 127 kg ofambergris in the corpse of a whale. Four of them spotted the remains of the animal floating in the Gulf of Aden (Yemen) Saturday February 13. They had to call on other fishermen to bring the body back to dry land, says The National News.
A total of 37 people took part in the operation. The fishermen then cut up the stomach of the whale and discovered the precious secretion. “A businessman sent a representative offering to pay 45,000 Saudi riyals [un peu moins de 10 000 €] per kilo if the substance is of very good quality ‘, testified one of the fishermen.
A substance popular with perfumers
For comparison, the average annual income in Yemen is 200,000 Yemeni rials (approximately € 660). The fishermen want to find an agreement and conclude the transaction as soon as possible. The value of this whale vomit indeed obliges them to hire armed men to protect the substance.
Ambergris is a waxy substance that forms in the digestive system of sperm whales. It is usually collected on the surface of the sea after being vomited by cetaceans. The product is highly sought after by perfumery professionals, who are willing to pay more for it than gold to be able to use it in their creations.