"It smells terrible. It smells like walking into a very old damp building."
The lucky lump could fetch thousands of dollars.
Last year, an 8-year-old boy in England found a lump of ambergris worth $65,000 while he was walking on the beach with his
"The glass blower's sweat and work is something that tourists appreciate when they come here and look," he said, according
“He is into nature and is really interested in it. We have discovered it is quite rare and are waiting for some more information
Having spent my formative years in a country where poetry, myth and superstition are woven into the fabric of everyday life, these elements find their way into my stories. The Last Romanov is no exception.
For more than a year, I trudged along remote, windswept coastlines, visiting metropolitan beaches and remote islands, as I tried to find even the smallest fragrant nugget of ambergris. Along the way, I met and interviewed perfumers, organic chemists, oceanographers and historians.
Sperm whales generate it in their intestines as a way to protect their bowels from indigestible sharp objects that occasionally
During the early stages of research for my forthcoming novel, The Last Romanov, I came across more than a few fascinating natural wonders, but none as mesmerizing as ambergris and its origin.