The fishermen were suffering from poverty until they discovered a sperm whale carcass floating that had “whale vomit” worth more than $1.5 million, as reported by the BBC.
The “whale vomit” is a waxy substance that also resembles a rock. This substance is known by the name of Ambergris. Ambergris is made in the intestines of the sperm whale and is a byproduct of them eating squids, cuttlefish, or any other cephalopods. It is found floating in the ocean or on beaches because people believe that it gets vomited out by the whales.
Humans have desired ambergris for a very long time. The reason for that is its medicinal and aphrodisiac qualities. Ambergris is also used to produce some expensive perfumes.
“If you find whale ambergris, it’s a treasure,” said one of the fishermen in the BBC News video.
The fishermen were alerted when one of them told them about the whale and said that it might have a rare treasure in its bowls.
“As soon as we got close to it, there was this strong smell, and we had the feeling that this whale had something,” the fisherman said. “We decided to hook the whale in, take it to the shore, and to cut into it to see what was inside its belly. And yes, it was ambergris. The smell wasn’t very nice but [it is worth] lots of money.”
“It’s like an unbelievable dream. Wonderful feelings I can’t describe,” he added.
The citizens of Yemen have been struggling against the horrible offensives by a Saudi Arabia military coalition since 2014. This has resulted in the death of thousands of Yemenis and has put them on the brink of famine. It is estimated by the United Nations that over 80% of the Yemeni population (more than 24 million people) need aid and protection.
This incident will definitely help the fishermen get rid of poverty when they sell the ambergris and divide the money amongst themselves.
The funds earned from the ambergris are being used by the fishermen to help the people that helped them and the needy poor villagers. They have also purchased cars, boats, and homes and plan to continue fishing.