A group of Yemeni fishermen are laughing all the way to the bank after they found a dead whale loaded with whale vomit which is worth more than gold.
Strange but brilliantly true!
Whale vomit is better known as ambergris and is used by high-end perfume makers as it helps the smell last longer.
The lucky fishermen spotted the whale’s floating body 30km out to sea in the Gulf of Aden. But unable to take the prized catch on their own, they got together a group of 37 fishermen who dragged the whale back to shore where they discovered just how rich they would be.
In total, they discovered 127kg of ambergris. And they’ve already had an offer to the ambergris at $12,000 per kilo. Which is around $1.5 million by our rough estimates.
If they split that equally amongst the 37 fishermen, that’s $40,000 dollars each. Considering the average salary in Yemen is around $800, these are some very happy fishermen!
“We want to strike a deal to sell it as soon as possible because the longer it stays the more challenging the situation will become,” one fisherman told The National.
“We have had a big quarrel over how the money should be shared.”
The ambergris is now reportedly being guarded by dozens of armed men while plenty of others have travelled to see the lucky fishermen.
We really hope this story has a happy ending. And maybe even a Hollywood adaptation?