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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Floating Gold...

Well the first 25 days of the new year has yielded exactly 2.5 days of subbing work.

Maybe time to try something different?

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Whale 'vomit' sparks cash bonanza
Ambergris pebbles (Pic: www.ambergris.co.nz)
Ambergris is often smoothed by the ocean (Image: ambergris.co.nz)
An Australian couple who picked up an odd-looking fatty lump from a quiet beach are in line for a cash windfall.

Leon Wright and his wife took home a 14.75kg lump of ambergris, found in the innards of sperm whales and used in perfumes after it has been vomited up.

Sought after because of its rarity, ambergris can float on the ocean for years before washing ashore.

Worth up to $20 a gram, Mr Wright's find on a South Australian beach could net his family US$295,000 (£165,300)

Full story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4642722.stm
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1 comment:

Fred said...

Why so little work? We can't get enough subs here, in spite of having people permanently assigned to our school.