Supplement Your Income With Whale Poop!
The sperm whale is a mighty animal. It is the proud owner of the largest head in the animal kingdom, as approximately one third of its length is head. It is able to dive to depths of 10,000 feet in search of the giant squid on which it loves to munch, and it produces some of the most expensive poop on the planet. This poop is called Ambergris, and is actually a byproduct of its squid meals.
When the whale dines on squid, it is unable to digest the squids' beaks, and they make their way through its digestive system to the intestines where, in about one percent of whales, they create a sort of rectal block. This can be fatal in some cases but usually is passed by the whale, presumably with a bit of pain, as the mass can be quite large.
In days of yore ambergris was in plentiful supply because of the booming world-wide hunting of whales by the oil industry. Today the supply is limited to the occasional chunk that washes ashore and is correctly identified. Now you might ask: What the hell does one do with whale poop that makes it so valuable? Wonder no more! It is worth its weight in gold to the perfume industry.
Experienced ambergris hunters who stalk the beaches looking for ways to augment their incomes with a bit of poop say that ambergris can easily be identified by its aroma which has been likened to fine tobacco, the wood in old churches, sandalwood, fresh earth, fresh seaweed, cow dung, Brazil nuts, newly mowed hay, and the faintest possible perfume of the violet. Personally I would have guessed, considering their diet, that their dung would smell like what a hobo might leave behind a Captain D's dumpster after polishing off a few left overs that were missing only a few bites, and with only the faintest tinge of green setting in.
Current prices for ambergris range from $10.00 to $20.00 per gram. As I'm sure you all remember from your pot experimentation days there are 453 grams in a pound, so a two-pound chunk of whale shit could bring you over $18,000. Now that's some good shit in anyone's book!