You see, the Williamses had read about similar finds in the news and thought they may have stumbled across a rare marine substance called ambergris. From time to time, lumps of ambergris – or whale vomit, as it’s often called – are washed ashore to be found by beachcombers. So, Gary and Angela covered their find in a scarf and then took it with them.
Once they’d got it back to their house, Gary used his fisherman’s scales to weigh the lump. It was almost 3.5 pounds. This, therefore, made Gary and Angela even more excited about their find. Why? Because they knew that a man had found a lump of ambergris on the coast at Morecambe, not far from where they were.
That other lump had weighed a little more than twice the one that Angela and Gary had found. Moreover, it had been valued at a hefty $155,000 – which could mean that their own piece of ambergris might fetch a staggering $65,000. That’s a lot of money for a chunk of old so-called vomit.