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    Default Amber gris

    Hello everyone, this will be my first post on any forum so please excuse any mistakes.

    Was on the beach with my dog the other day and found what looked like an unusual rock, (the dog was going daft for it), apon further inspection I noted it was not a rock, its quite waxy and a wee bit smelly, (had to scrub my hands to get rid of it).

    I took it home and showed my Dad, he thought it could be Amber Gris.

    When I googled it this site came up. There seems to be lots of helpful advise from nice people.

    I guess my first question is what exactly do I have here? and secondly what would I do with it if it is Amber Gris?

    I found out it comes from the Sperm Whale, we get a lot of Minke whales of the west coast of Scotland and regular pods of killer Whales round about the Western Ilses, I once seen a Humpback but have never heard of a Sperm Whale sighting.

    Would anyone know of somebody in Scotland or the rest of the UK that could verify if the "rock" I found is Amber Gris?

    Here is a picture of it, and many thanks to anyone who can help.

    Pics (2).zip

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    Im sorry to say, what you have found is actually a partially eaten glazed scone

    Kidding of course! That certainly looks like ambergris. There is a simple test you can do to verify if you think its necessary: What some people do is take a small needle, and heat the tip using a flame, and then carefully poking the end of the needle into the surface of your substance. Real ambergris, due to its waxy nature, will melt a little bit and will also release a small puff of aroma. If for instance you do the hot needle test, and the needle cannot penetrate the surface, then you probably have a rock.
    Last edited by Macaul; 14th August 2014 at 06:35 PM.

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    the bright yellow inside doesn't indicate ambergris, your piece is almost the same as this, which was palm oil.
    http://naturcymru.blogspot.com/2012/...ambergris.html

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    But what does it smell like?

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    Probably remarkably like a cheese scone


    Sorry, O.P. - there is some helpful info. here.

    A local natural history museum should be able to help if you really want to be certain and there are many threads here with identification tips.
    http://www.basenotes.net/sitesearch....&x=-979&y=-135
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    Can't see the piccy unfortunately. Zip files won't open on this ipad. Can you make it show?

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    I'll do it

    Tada...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    I'll do it

    Tada...
    I'm certainly NOT an Ambergris expert, I just turned down a TV show appearance in fact because I'm not, but to me, this does not look on the positive side of what I think it should look like...

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    It's a no from me too. The yellow is indicative of a fatty substance.

    In your defence though, the outside does look like aged ambergris. I'm sorry about the elusive fortune though.

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    Looks like a sponge?

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    Thanks Folks for your response and advise.

    I was in touch with someone from the Natural History Museum in Edinburgh and they are going to help identify it.

    In the meantime I'm away to make some scones!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynsdaymac View Post
    Thanks Folks for your response and advise.

    I was in touch with someone from the Natural History Museum in Edinburgh and they are going to help identify it.

    In the meantime I'm away to make some scones!!!!
    Enjoy your scones & good luck
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