A man has found what he believes to be a rare chunk of whale vomit while walking on a beach.
Jack Tipper, 39, made the discovery of the waxy, yellow substance in Ilfracombe, Devon.
Used in the manufacture of perfume, ambergris is found in the digestive system of sperm whales and is commonly called “floating gold” due to its rarity.
Mr Tipper said he “knew what it was as soon as I found it”.
Mr Tipper believes the lump of ambergris had been washed up on the beach during a recent storm.
He is keeping it in a safe while he considers his next steps.
Mr Tipper said he has been told it could be worth more than £200,000 – depending on how long it had been in the sea.
“I’ve spoken to a university about it and an online expert who specialises in selling ambergris and I’ve been told it looks like it’s genuine,” he said.
“Maybe it’s providence. I’m a musician and I put on lots of free community events and I’ve never been able to afford a house, so this would help.”
A 1.1kg (2.4lb) lump of whale vomit found by a dog walker on an Anglesey beach
The substance takes years to form and is thought to protect the whales from the hard and sharp objects they swallow.