Alan Derrick, 67, from Weston-Super-Mare, with the ambergris that he and his son Tom Derrick found whilst they were out walking. The rare ambergris could be worth a fortune. August 23 2016.   See SWNS story SWVOMIT: A father and son who picked up a smelly rubbery rock on the beach have put it up for sale after discovering it could be super rare WHALE VOMIT. Alan Derrick, 67, and his son Tom, 39, went for a stroll along Sand Point in Weston-super-Mare when they spotted the dense grey lump. Engineer Tom picked up the smelly 'rock' and keen fisherman Alan thought it was 'whale poo' - and they hey once saw in a newspaper.  The pair conducted which looked like a piece of ambergris - or 'whale vomit' - they once saw in a newspaper.

This Guy’s Selling $85,000 Worth Of Whale Vomit On eBay

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What’s worth $85,000 and smells like a 4o-year-old shoe? A piece of whale vomit – potentially.

Alan Derrick, 67, and his son Tom, 39, discovered a “smelly, rubbery” rock while strolling the beach in Somerset, U.K. It turns out this smelly find could be a large chunk of ambergris – a hard mixture from the digestive tracts of sperm whales that takes years to form.

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“It smells terrible.  It smells like walking into a very old damp building,” Alan Derrick said.

The substance is popular in fragrances and can bring in a hefty sum.

”We’re not getting too carried away about the money,” said Alan Derrick, who plans to put the proceeds in a safety deposit box for his 2-year-old grandson, Matthew.

The family has sent samples to labs in Italy, New Zealand and France, hoping to confirm it is indeed ambergris. The 2.5 pound chunk is being auctioned off by the family on eBay with a minimum bid of $85,000.

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