Charlie Naysmith , only eight-years-old, was combing about the beaches of Britain when he stumbled on a block of an odd, yellow, wax-like object that really didn't smell all that good, at least in the physical sense, but in the great scheme of things was a beautiful sight to behold.What it was that the boy was holding was a pound and a half of ambergris. Basically hardened whale puke, usually from sperm whales. The nasty, icky block has a strong odor and is highly, highly flammable. As it is however, this substance fetches a mighty price in the perfume industry, as it serves as a base for many fragrances, and offers a scent that lasts longer than perfumes using a newer and cheaper synthetic substitute. The estimated value of Charlie's find? Around $60,000, give or take.
I always hear about people making these dumb luck finds and it's just heart breaking. A $200,000 etching from a insanely popular Victorian era artist, blocks of whale vomit, lost gold stashes from the days of the civil war. I am seriously lucky if I find a penny, and it's usually face down.
I never find anything on the beach one way or the other. When I was a kid I found what I thought was a jelly fish and ran about with it on a stick only to be told it was the casing for a implant. I really, really wish I was kidding on that one, and still have so many questions as to how that ended up on the beach. Some things are best left unsaid I suppose, but it goes to show just how freakishly lucky some people can be at any given moment.