A schoolboy who picked up a lump of hardened whale sick was stunned to find out it could be worth Â£40,000.
Eight-year-old Charlie Naysmith picked up the rare piece of ambergris, weighing in at 600g on the beach at Hengistbury Head, near Bournemouth, reports the Daily Echo.
It might just look like a lump of old rock to most of us at first glance, but apparently the piece of ambergris — which comes from the intestines of the Sperm whale — is highly sought after. It's used to prolong the scent of perfume and could have been floating in the sea for decades before being washed up.
Charlie, who lives in Christchurch, says he'd like to use the money to build a house for animals.
And before you all dash off to the Dorset coast, experts say it's unlikely that similar pieces of ambergris will be found in the same area.
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