A 10-year-old girl is to pick up a big reward after finding a lump of whale sick on a beach. Melissa Cathcart was beachcombing on holiday in north Wales when she came across the massive lump of yellow vomit. And she is set to pocket £3,500 by selling the giant mammal sick, known as ambergris, to perfume makers.
Her mother Kay told The Sun: "We recently heard on the radio about ambergris, but when Melissa found some I couldn't believe it!"
The rare, waxy substance is produced by sperm whales and known as "floating gold".
Perfume makers use it to slow down evaporation in perfumes and it can be worth up to ?10 a gram.
The sick is believed to have drifted to Shell Island, Gwynedd, from somewhere around the US - possibly the Pacific.
The family, from Merseyside, took their find to the SeaQuarium in Rhyl.
I will view parfum in a new light