Why Whale Poop Is So Expensive | So Expensive

  • Published on Jan 26, 2019
  • A small percentage of sperm whales produce ambergris, a clump of squid beaks and fatty secretions that scientists believe exits through the whales’ bowels Ambergris is coveted by the fragrance industry for a chemical it contains called ambrien, which suspends smells in the air, and for its own unique scent Quality pieces of ambergris, which ambergris hunters snatch up as they wash ashore, can garner more than $7,000 a pound.
    Following is a transcript of the video:
    This is ambergris. It might look like a rock, but it’s actually a rare kind of whale poop. And it’s not cheap. Per gram, ambergris can cost more than silver-30 times more. If you’ve ever worn perfume, well, I’ve got some unsettling news. You may have misted yourself with animal waste. You see, for centuries, perfumers have been using ambergris to enhance their fragrances. Ambergris is essentially a clump of squid beaks bound by a fatty secretion. Over time, it balls up in the intestine of some sperm whales. And eventually …. Out it goes. Now, in the strictest sense it’s not poop, but scientists think it likely exits the same way.
    Christopher Kemp: “One way or another, a big boulder of ambergris is released into the ocean and then floats for decades, or who knows how long.”
    In that time, the mass transforms from a sticky, dung-like substance into a hard, gray chunk. And this is what perfumers covet. For one, it contains a unique chemical called ambrein. It’s a fixative, which means it makes other smells in perfume last longer. But ambergris is also valued for something … more surprising: it’s smell.
    Christopher Kemp: “It’s a bouquet of 20-30 chemical compounds that each have their own odor profile. One will smell sort of like mushrooms, one will smell a little bit like tobacco, one smells sort of like poop, one smells sort of like grass and hay.”
    Sounds enticing, right? Apparently. Perfume designers use strong scents like these for the base note in their fragrances. And Base notes form the foundation of any perfume. They’re typically heavier, muskier smells, like what you get from a beaver’s castor sacs or - you guessed it - ambergris. Roja Parfums, for example, has several expensive perfumes with base notes of ambergris like those in the Profumi D’Amore collection. They sell for around $500 a bottle and are described as a “passionate love letter in fragrant form.” And while ambergris has all the makings for a great perfume, what really drives up the price tag is how rare it is. Scientists don’t know exactly why, but only about one percent of sperm whales produce the substance. In fact, researchers like Shane Gero who spend years studying sperm whales never see it.
    Dr. Shane Gero: “I’ve been collecting sperm whale poop for 15 to 16 years, but I haven’t collected anything that looks like ambergris.”
    In some cases, lucky beachgoers will stumble upon it. In 2006, for example, a couple picked up a 32-pound piece on a beach in Australia. Media outlets later reported it could be worth nearly $300,000. But more often, ambergris hunters will get to it first. They track weather patterns and ocean currents to predict where it might end up. And once they find it, they sell it to brokers or perfumers for up to $7,200 a pound.
    Christopher Kemp: “This is like gold to them. This is a real commodity. So they take it very seriously. They can be a bit aggressive, muscular and they really guard their secrets.”
    But the commodity’s high price isn’t the only reason they do it. In some countries like the U.S., buying, selling, or even collecting ambergris is illegal. That’s because sperm whales are an internationally threatened species.
    Dr. Shane Gero: “Before whaling started there were over a million sperm whales, and now we're down closer to a fifth of that.”
    And while no whales are harmed in the collection of ambergris, Gero says it’s never a good idea to buy or sell products from an endangered species. But until we can replicate something that smells as good as whale poop, we probably will.
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  • Hero brine team and the lone yeta cooler

    When i saw the thumbnail I thought it was a brownie

  • Gg Gg
    Gg Gg 11 hours ago

    Doods I have a good one coming at least 3 days in making, hit me up with price offers

  • Jemarion Brown
    Jemarion Brown 2 days ago +1

    Sorry girls but y'all suck accept my girl friend

  • кιттуTM
    кιттуTM 2 days ago +1

    Why are u holding poop..

    RICHARD MARTINEZ 2 days ago

    I found about Amber gris because of Bob's burgers lol

  • Omega Man
    Omega Man 3 days ago

    It's not quite poop but poop helps it. It's the only poop helped thing in nature we apply to the skin to find erotic
    potentials through the nose. My curiosity is irritated and unsatisfied. Is anyone studying this waxy poop
    to describe its molecular structure? Have organic chemists made a synthetic? What is its natural function?

  • Calvin Wolf
    Calvin Wolf 4 days ago

    Why I don’t give a F***

  • Kristan de Leon
    Kristan de Leon 5 days ago

    Not poop. Puke.

  • ashlesha paliwal
    ashlesha paliwal 6 days ago

    It is vomit I thought it was vomit

  • vin 950
    vin 950 6 days ago

    i always thought this was whale vomit, not poop.

  • Henry Long
    Henry Long 6 days ago

    pronounced amber grease you cretin

  • Ross Brown
    Ross Brown 9 days ago

    Isn't it vomit?

  • Jasmin Aguilar
    Jasmin Aguilar 13 days ago

    I learned all of this at school because we were going to a whale museum. So yeah!!!!

  • Yashvin Tackoory
    Yashvin Tackoory 16 days ago

    Man if someone just collect it from the beach while it has been floating in the ocean maybe for decades. How on earth can it be illegal for collection? It makes absolutely no sense except permitting scrupulous people to monopolise it sales.

  • Gadwin
    Gadwin 17 days ago

    just make it, make the compounds needed from what you can, then add squid beaks. =)

  • Anita Sanford
    Anita Sanford 18 days ago

    That is really the SHIT man!

  • Lapse
    Lapse 18 days ago

    Time to swim 24/7.

  • Wolfy444
    Wolfy444 19 days ago

    Just an FYI. Roja Dove does not use real Ambergris, it is a synthetic note. Roja perfumes are expensive because they are a status symbol and use expensive bottles. The only Perfume houses that I can confirm are using real Ambergris are Bortnikoff and Areej le Doré. Their parfums are sold in limited runs. NO perfume house that mass produces their fragrances uses the real thing.

  • Riccardo Gerosa
    Riccardo Gerosa 19 days ago

    No one...
    TheXvid: watch how much whale poop is worth

  • Deck Z
    Deck Z 20 days ago

    I’m bout to head to the poop dealer

  • POV Adventures
    POV Adventures 20 days ago

    Humans are idiots. This proves it.

  • Ülgen Rabishlave
    Ülgen Rabishlave 20 days ago

    Eau de toilette literal translation is toilet water

  • Paul Abapo
    Paul Abapo 21 day ago

    That whale gonna have a hard time pooping it out.

  • WelfareChrist
    WelfareChrist 21 day ago +1

    Great grandmother died and left a buch of waxy perfumes in small carved round wooden boxes that smell AMAZING, even though the stuff is kinda solid now and can't really be used you can still smell it. Nothing modern comes close. I'm nearly certain the stuff has ambergris in it.

  • hakime
    hakime 21 day ago +1

    *Bob's Burgers*

  • 420protoman
    420protoman 21 day ago

    it's not poop idiots... it's like a hairball that cats get. its some sort of build up in a whales stomach... it's not poop

  • gimmy gumbo
    gimmy gumbo 22 days ago

    but what does it taste like?

  • Ana Uribe
    Ana Uribe 22 days ago

    Don't. Understand wale 💩💩💩 USA is illegal they🐋🐋 just 💩💩

  • Mark MD
    Mark MD 22 days ago

    Ambroxen smells very similar

  • Spiffy Rage
    Spiffy Rage 22 days ago

    "Dude you smell like poop"
    "I do?"

  • The State of Texas
    The State of Texas 22 days ago +1

    Damn, my poop dealer isn’t crazy.

  • Aquila_Sieg
    Aquila_Sieg 22 days ago

    the ancient Chinese thought Ambergris was the solidified saliva of a dragon, if only they knew....

  • Mickey Tech
    Mickey Tech 22 days ago +1

    Lol! TheXvid recommends "Poop" 😭😭

  • The Drawing Slinger
    The Drawing Slinger 22 days ago

    Bro I know Oreo ice cream when I see some

  • Howzer The man
    Howzer The man 22 days ago

    Its not poop its vomit.

  • g0dbel0w
    g0dbel0w 23 days ago

    I'm all for preserving life on this planet, especially the endangered ones. But what exactly does picking up their shit have to do with threatening their existence?

  • Rob
    Rob 23 days ago

    Ambergris is an amazing fragrance note it can smell different to different people....it's quite magical and having almost 10 Roja Parfums bottles Ive come to adore the unique and expensive facets that it adds to fragrance

  • Cosmos
    Cosmos 24 days ago

    Who and how did they find this out!!!!

  • Meme Cat
    Meme Cat 24 days ago +1

    Lol imagine human poop be expensive

  • Rachel Crystal R
    Rachel Crystal R 24 days ago

    I’m gonna start collecting whale poop

  • mn nm
    mn nm 24 days ago

    Without supreme logo : 7200 a pound
    With supreme logo : 720000 a pound

  • LeDocteurGonzo
    LeDocteurGonzo 25 days ago

    c'est de l'Ambre Gris. en français dans le texte.

  • Yohn2King
    Yohn2King 26 days ago

    selling whale shit can go both ways, either people would want to have more whales alive = more shit, or hunt them down to make the shit rarer..

  • Malaysian Boi566
    Malaysian Boi566 27 days ago

    why the hell i would touch a poop

  • Night Wolf
    Night Wolf 27 days ago

    So that is victorias secret... strange .-.

  • MicroCam
    MicroCam 28 days ago

    "a passionate love letter in poop form"

  • stale memes
    stale memes 28 days ago

    my question is: *WhO is BuYinG wHaLe pooP*

  • jmitterii2
    jmitterii2 28 days ago

    I think I might have spotted some of that on the beach before... or it was a burnt log.
    I'm in the US, so would be difficult to sell it if not impossible.

  • ParK Kimseok Jungkook
    ParK Kimseok Jungkook 28 days ago +1


  • Liam Official
    Liam Official 28 days ago

    2020:EVERY POP WILL COST $10000000000

  • Eugenio
    Eugenio 29 days ago

    It's only illegal in the US because the government profits from it. . . Ridiculous.

  • Spongebob Squarepants
    Spongebob Squarepants 29 days ago

    So in short its like a rare item in mmorpg.

  • wolfie i
    wolfie i Month ago

    *wait it's poop-*

  • M Jack
    M Jack Month ago

    No wonder these perfume stink like shit

  • Miguel Ortiz
    Miguel Ortiz Month ago

    I understand this sperm whale are an endangered species but finding and obtaining the ambergris is not harming the animal when it comes out of them and washes up on the ocean floor I think that if you find it you should be able to sell it or keep it, some laws go way to far but it does make it more valuable I think

  • Jacqueline Diamond
    Jacqueline Diamond Month ago

    You mean whale vomit 🐳

  • Lukas
    Lukas Month ago

    1:34 i thought he was about to eat it.

  • Cor Igni
    Cor Igni Month ago

    Bob’s burgers brought me here

  • Ruins 4
    Ruins 4 Month ago

    Whale:Hey dud wazzup
    Me:How can you talk
    Me:so what ya doin
    Whale:Want some of my poop?
    Me:ew no
    Whale:ok bye
    Me:oh lol
    Whale:so u want some poop?
    Me: ... Fine
    Whale: *Gives $19M Whale poop*
    Me: _o k_

  • やおザロン
    やおザロン Month ago

    How to make expensive perfume :
    Poop in the toilet, collect it.

    = *Profit :D*

    • jmitterii2
      jmitterii2 28 days ago

      Literally, just stick some poop from the toilet in to a perform vaporizer and sell that shit!
      I got the perfect name
      "Dip Shit" and it would have the classification of "eau de merde" fragrances.
      Or maybe "
      Plus que de l'eau de toilette."

  • Terry Hao - Fallingbrook MS (1547)

    Me: alright whale can you crap for me pls
    Whale: yo dude wtf

  • Jeniffer Kim
    Jeniffer Kim Month ago

    Spermwhales are actually not whales. They belong to the same group as dolphins and killer whales (Odontocetes), since they share some characteristics such as teeth. Whales are Mysticetes and they don't have teeth, but baleens in their mouth.

  • Ng John
    Ng John Month ago

    Why use whales shit, when you can buy mine

    • Ng John
      Ng John Month ago

      I'm endangered. There's only one me left in the world :(

  • Chris Christian
    Chris Christian Month ago

    I've heard of the goose that laid the golden egg, but this?? Lol

  • Sofia’s Studio
    Sofia’s Studio Month ago

    Back then: Gold Rush
    Now: Poop Rush

  • YuriXFaker
    YuriXFaker Month ago

    That means aquaman is rich

  • Angel Avila
    Angel Avila Month ago

    💩 💩 💩 🐳 🐳

  • Night twig
    Night twig Month ago

    When a piece of shit is worth more then your house

  • corridos 69
    corridos 69 Month ago

    King Charles II loved eating this with his scrambled eggs

  • a yuding
    a yuding Month ago

    is this calling me cheap?

  • Arnold Difirst
    Arnold Difirst Month ago

    From now on, don't be angry if anyone tell you "ugh, you smell like poop" 🤣 since perfume made from it 😂 lol

  • EvadeDreams
    EvadeDreams Month ago

    Who saw roblox ?

  • Shayma
    Shayma Month ago

    i don’t care it smells good

  • Ms. Goodie Bones
    Ms. Goodie Bones Month ago

    Don't they use this in perfume...only high end perfumes though?...nevamind, yes it is!🤣🤣

  • Cris Escobedo
    Cris Escobedo Month ago

    My Poop Has a Pungent Stench of What I had that Morning with a Lingering Aroma of Last Nights Junk.

  • Nutty Nathaniel Lim

    But whales don't have penises

  • Disciple808
    Disciple808 Month ago

    This is why I can’t sleep.

  • j-hope's sprite
    j-hope's sprite Month ago

    Im moving to a house close to where whales live now. Not that i have the money to move

  • Nathan Reaperz
    Nathan Reaperz Month ago +1

    If you're thinking of now not using perfumes, honey is also the excretement of bees..

  • Easy.Edits spamz_
    Easy.Edits spamz_ Month ago

    Who the hell wants whale poop!

  • K Rj
    K Rj Month ago

    I found some. Where can I sell them?

  • nevy channel
    nevy channel Month ago +1

    $14 a gram isn't really that expensive... then again it's shit for money so that's a positive.

  • Pamela Lee
    Pamela Lee Month ago

    Screams lol I’m wearing whale shit

  • rakisyc
    rakisyc Month ago

    Why is it illegal to get the poop? Its not like you will kill the whale. Your just going to collect its poop. 🤔

  • Hitler’s Cat
    Hitler’s Cat Month ago +1

    But *W H Y*

  • Cristina Varela
    Cristina Varela Month ago

    Ambergris is actually a type of sperm whale vomit that goes through a process of semi drying in salt water

  • Zycklacon
    Zycklacon Month ago

    Who knows that whale shit can be turned into perfumes!

  • TheSweetestJerk
    TheSweetestJerk Month ago


  • Thanos
    Thanos Month ago

    Imagine all the rocks you threw on the beach not knowing what it is

  • Melverous
    Melverous Month ago +3

    Its pronounced as Amber-Gree, right?

  • احمد عبد الله

    I have a dormitory for sale

  • issa me lil slay ya girl pussy

    It's vomit cunty vomit. It's so expensive because it's rare for them to vomit...... very rare.......

  • DG
    DG Month ago +1

    *How much for my shit*

  • Игорь М
    Игорь М Month ago

    "Mom, I'm off hunting for whale shit"

  • LT.Overkill
    LT.Overkill Month ago

    well, it is essentially a ball of the non digestible squid beaks, it then gets stuck in the large intestine and then builds up, everything else passing through the intestine just passes around it, and the ball just kinda sits there in the tract for either as long as the whale lives or until it gets so big that it kills the whale, then is floats around for who knows how long then it ends up on shore and some people actually hunt for these balls, since you know, its mega expensive bc of how rare it is, and then perfumists buy them to make their scents better and all that

  • Dymlos
    Dymlos Month ago


  • v kos
    v kos 2 months ago

    isnt this actually whale vommit rhather than poop??

  • Andy
    Andy 2 months ago

    You are sooo wrong... Amaris is form when the whale’s intestine can’t take much more of the poop so the poop rips the intestine, killing the whale, and flow around the sea for a couple of months or even years before reaching shore.

  • Ravnal Kumar
    Ravnal Kumar 2 months ago

    Whom to sell it got one in fiji

  • 0h Itz_Just Zachy
    0h Itz_Just Zachy 2 months ago

    *Dog poop smells better*