When one will get lucky is hard to tell as no one can really predict luck. Likewise, when three fishermen in Oman hit the sea for their daily catch, hardly realised that their nets would change their luck. Wondering what the brilliant catch was? Well it’s not some unusual fish but filthy vomit that is altering their fortune!
Yes, 80kg of rare ‘whale vomit’, or ambergris, was caught in their nets during a routine fishing trip in Qurayat, the Times of Oman reported. “Ambergris is a very costly wax that originates as a secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale. It can be found floating in tropical seas and is used in manufacture of perfume,” the report said.
The rare greasy substance is worth around $13,000 per kg and over 33,000 in Omani Rial (OMR), which makes the fishermen’s stash worth more than $1.5 million! And that ain’t filthy at all. (1 OMR = $2.6)
Fisherman Khalid Al Sinani and his mates were out on their daily business when they “saw a mass of ambergris floating on the sea, releasing a nasty smell.” Al Sinani said, “We used a rope to collect it and carry it inside the boat.”
It was the first time Al Sinani had an encounter with the rare whale secretion for the first time in 20 years of his fishing experience. Al Sinani said he had heard that “ambergris has an icky smell, but after a couple of days it imparts a pleasant scent”.
Following the discovery, they returned to the shore in delight and called upon some experts to confirm that they had found real treasure in seas. “After we made sure it was ambergris, we started cutting it in order to dry and sell it later,” Al Sinani stated.
The report added that many interest buyers had already approached him and offered him higher prices. The sought-after wax is used by many luxury-cosmetic brands such a Chanel and Lanvin. Some businessmen from the UAE “have offered him OMR 7,500 for a kilogram, while another Saudi trader said he was ready to purchase each kilogram for OMR 13,500.”
“I’ll wait to see how this sale will go and later I’ll think of changing my career and enter the real-estate sector to live a better life,” he said. It is expected that if the fishermen get the correct bidding price, the three sailors could get close to $1 million each.