For years now I have been combing the local beaches hoping to one day find some ambergris. In fact, I just returned from the beach with my consolation prizes – seaweed, when I received an email asking whether I will be interested in some 4.8kg of Ambegris found in Hermanus.
On Thursday, 28th February 2013, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust got a call from Fred Kuys, a home owner in Voelklip Hermanus. “ I went out for a walk on Grotto Beach, with my wife Val and our visitors from the UK, this afternoon and we found something which we think might be whale vomit…”
One of the DICT Biologists, Michelle Wcisel believes this to indeed be ambergris.
I am waiting to get some to smell to determine whether it really is ambegris or what quality it is. According to their reports, it is both repulsive, stinky and attractive. Although it is hard for me to understand how ambergris can be considered repulsive, but I know that it is repulsive to some, or it may be just bad ambergris, or not ambergris at all. Which ever it is I am excited to see.
I will keep everyone updated.
For full article see Dyer Island Conservation Trust