Schoolboy's rich after finding Moby's sick

Eight-year-old Charlie Naysmith with the piece of ambergris that he found on the beach

A sperm whale

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A SCHOOLBOY has stumbled across a rare piece of whale vomit which could be worth a staggering £40,000.

Officially called ambergris, the substance is highly sought after and is used to prolong the scent of perfume.

Charlie Naysmith made the discovery at Hengistbury Head, much to the amazement of his parents.

His find doesn’t look very exciting and most of us would probably walk straight past it, mistaking it for a stone.

But Charlie was curious enough to pick it up and, after a bit of research, he and his family discovered it is worth between £10,000 and £40,000.

Charlie, of Station Road, Christchurch, is a pupil of St Katharine’s school in Southbourne and has been on nature walks with his class in the area.

He is now trying to decide what to do with it and quite fancies using the profits to build a house for animals.

His dad, Alex, said: “He is into nature and is really interested in it. We have discovered it is quite rare and are waiting for some more information from marine biology experts.”

The piece of ambergris, which weighs 600 grams, could have been floating in the sea for decades before being washed up on the beach.

The family has been told it is unlikely that more ambergris will be found in the same area.

l Ambergris is a waxy substance from the intestines of a sperm whale, which is used to prolong the scent of perfume. It initially has a foul smell but after years of floating on the ocean, exposure to sun and salt turn it into a smooth lump of compact rock which feels waxy and has a sweet smell.

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12:37pm Sat 25 Aug 12

samsmith says...

University fees taken care of! Well done young man.
University fees taken care of! Well done young man. samsmith
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2:27pm Sat 25 Aug 12

mungobean says...

Looks like the bit of french stick i had for lunch, if i'd seen that on the beach i would have walked straight past it! What a great find!
Looks like the bit of french stick i had for lunch, if i'd seen that on the beach i would have walked straight past it! What a great find! mungobean
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3:54pm Sat 25 Aug 12

buickboy says...

Well done young man, I hope you enjoy any profit you make in whatever way you decide!
Well done young man, I hope you enjoy any profit you make in whatever way you decide! buickboy
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3:57pm Sat 25 Aug 12

Avengerboy says...

samsmith wrote:
University fees taken care of! Well done young man.
Wine women and debauchery more like .... when he's older.But yes, looks like a 8 day old Asda French stick.
[quote][p][bold]samsmith[/bold] wrote: University fees taken care of! Well done young man.[/p][/quote]Wine women and debauchery more like .... when he's older.But yes, looks like a 8 day old Asda French stick. Avengerboy
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1:07am Sun 26 Aug 12

Liz1102 says...

It may have been in the ocean for years, but I probably still wouldn't want a lump of sick quite so close to my face!
It may have been in the ocean for years, but I probably still wouldn't want a lump of sick quite so close to my face! Liz1102
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1:24pm Sun 26 Aug 12

sussexcherry says...

It looks like my first wife's attempt at making Yorkshire Pudding!! Good luck to Charlie, I grew up very near to Hengistbury Head and have walked the beach many hundreds of times over the years beachcombing, but I must admit I would have walked straight past it!! He obviously has a keen eye, spend it wisely young man and enjoy!!
It looks like my first wife's attempt at making Yorkshire Pudding!! Good luck to Charlie, I grew up very near to Hengistbury Head and have walked the beach many hundreds of times over the years beachcombing, but I must admit I would have walked straight past it!! He obviously has a keen eye, spend it wisely young man and enjoy!! sussexcherry
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8:05am Mon 27 Aug 12

Dibbles2 says...

Big stone! Looks more like a rock to me and I hate to say it but its illegal to remove rocks from the beach. Not illegal to take shells but rocks, pebbles etc are an environmental issue so DEFRA have laws to keep beaches intact.......which is why you can buy rocks etc in DIY stores.....understan
dable really. However thankfully this is not a rock so I guess no laws have been broken but people beware before you all start taking home random pieces from our beaches in hope of a fortune.
Big stone! Looks more like a rock to me and I hate to say it but its illegal to remove rocks from the beach. Not illegal to take shells but rocks, pebbles etc are an environmental issue so DEFRA have laws to keep beaches intact.......which is why you can buy rocks etc in DIY stores.....understan dable really. However thankfully this is not a rock so I guess no laws have been broken but people beware before you all start taking home random pieces from our beaches in hope of a fortune. Dibbles2
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10:17am Mon 27 Aug 12

Morrigan says...

It is not illegal to take one or two hand sized or smaller rocks away from a beach - but taking a trailer down to fill is another matter and it is that which the law is intended for.

Great find young man! You could have a lot of fun with that money :o)
It is not illegal to take one or two hand sized or smaller rocks away from a beach - but taking a trailer down to fill is another matter and it is that which the law is intended for. Great find young man! You could have a lot of fun with that money :o) Morrigan
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2:03pm Mon 27 Aug 12

Yawwwn! says...

Avengerboy wrote:
samsmith wrote:
University fees taken care of! Well done young man.
Wine women and debauchery more like .... when he's older.But yes, looks like a 8 day old Asda French stick.
Was there really any need for that comment? Don't judge others by your standards Avengerboy.
[quote][p][bold]Avengerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]samsmith[/bold] wrote: University fees taken care of! Well done young man.[/p][/quote]Wine women and debauchery more like .... when he's older.But yes, looks like a 8 day old Asda French stick.[/p][/quote]Was there really any need for that comment? Don't judge others by your standards Avengerboy. Yawwwn!
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1:20pm Tue 28 Aug 12

PooleParky says...

Hahaha when I saw the headline in the sidebar I thought they meant Moby the musician. That would be one seriously sad fan.
Hahaha when I saw the headline in the sidebar I thought they meant Moby the musician. That would be one seriously sad fan. PooleParky
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9:06pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Richard 1976 says...

Spend it wiseley young fella and well done
Spend it wiseley young fella and well done Richard 1976
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11:34pm Tue 28 Aug 12

da200560 says...

unusual for a techo star to vomit in the sea
unusual for a techo star to vomit in the sea da200560
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9:41am Wed 29 Aug 12

uvox44 says...

yes da200560- I thought that the headline meant he was being rewarded for thinking Moby was "sick" or good as these youngsters seem to use the word!
yes da200560- I thought that the headline meant he was being rewarded for thinking Moby was "sick" or good as these youngsters seem to use the word! uvox44
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12:21pm Wed 29 Aug 12

stevobath says...

Dibbles2 wrote:
Big stone! Looks more like a rock to me and I hate to say it but its illegal to remove rocks from the beach. Not illegal to take shells but rocks, pebbles etc are an environmental issue so DEFRA have laws to keep beaches intact.......which is why you can buy rocks etc in DIY stores.....understan

dable really. However thankfully this is not a rock so I guess no laws have been broken but people beware before you all start taking home random pieces from our beaches in hope of a fortune.
I bet your the type who keeps kids footballs when they land in your garden? What a misery guts.An 'issue for DEFRA'...Have you got a rock stuck up your arse?
[quote][p][bold]Dibbles2[/bold] wrote: Big stone! Looks more like a rock to me and I hate to say it but its illegal to remove rocks from the beach. Not illegal to take shells but rocks, pebbles etc are an environmental issue so DEFRA have laws to keep beaches intact.......which is why you can buy rocks etc in DIY stores.....understan dable really. However thankfully this is not a rock so I guess no laws have been broken but people beware before you all start taking home random pieces from our beaches in hope of a fortune.[/p][/quote]I bet your the type who keeps kids footballs when they land in your garden? What a misery guts.An 'issue for DEFRA'...Have you got a rock stuck up your arse? stevobath
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1:28pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Imaximus says...

I blame the imax and cyclists for this.
I blame the imax and cyclists for this. Imaximus
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5:53pm Wed 29 Aug 12

MsAisling says...

How about a pat on the head young man?!! One- for a job well done!! Two- so maybe some of that good luck will rub off on me?!?!? LOL!! Save that money for University and make sure you study on ways to save nature on our planet!
How about a pat on the head young man?!! One- for a job well done!! Two- so maybe some of that good luck will rub off on me?!?!? LOL!! Save that money for University and make sure you study on ways to save nature on our planet! MsAisling
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3:18pm Thu 30 Aug 12

bc2116 says...

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Check out this new book on the very subject! http://www.amazon.co m/gp/product/0226430 367/ref=as_li_ss_tl? ie=UTF8&camp=1789&cr eative=390957&creati veASIN=0226430367&li nkCode=as2&tag=4tasn eem-20 bc2116
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11:58am Fri 31 Aug 12

funkyferret says...

Has no-one else thought it rather bizarre that sometime ago, someone: a) actually identified & named this stuff, and b) someone else thought this would be good at prolonging the smell of perfume?
Or is it just me?
Has no-one else thought it rather bizarre that sometime ago, someone: a) actually identified & named this stuff, and b) someone else thought this would be good at prolonging the smell of perfume? Or is it just me? funkyferret
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