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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Comments • 1 294

  • saganist
    saganist 33 minutes ago

    I have heard of Kopi Luwak before but this is very close to being actual shit that sells a lot.

  • saganist
    saganist 34 minutes ago

    Never heard of that before. You learn something new every day.

  • NimbleHD
    NimbleHD 6 days ago +1

    Now these mom whales cant say to their child that they are not pooping Money

  • Maruthi Nandan
    Maruthi Nandan 9 days ago +1

    Indian cow left the chat if you know what i mean 😉😉

  • Alex Rockets
    Alex Rockets 14 days ago


  • Luke Adams
    Luke Adams 15 days ago

    It's throw up not poop

  • Victoria 1-800-ur mom
    Victoria 1-800-ur mom 23 days ago

    I only searched this up because I saw a Bobs burgers episode about it

  • pbcman1
    pbcman1 25 days ago

    Channell Number 2

  • Yazied Hafith
    Yazied Hafith 26 days ago +1

    Make a video of Gazelle musk

  • Chami Roots
    Chami Roots Month ago +1

    I have some I find in Bech any one interested let me know please .

  • Lila Roberts
    Lila Roberts Month ago

    Ambergris isn’t whale poop and it involves a whale dying. Normally, small squid beaks pass easily but in the small chance that one of them gets stuck, it can make it even harder for more beaks to pass through. The pressure caused by this sealed off digestive track causes the whale to explode and the ambergris is released into the open ocean where it will float until found by humans and removed.

  • melvyn not melvin
    melvyn not melvin Month ago

    I thought it was cookies n cream in the thumbnail

  • trebledc
    trebledc Month ago

    Ok to the poopcopter !

  • gian carlo
    gian carlo Month ago

    I will be looking for whale poop from now on

  • richard kc
    richard kc Month ago +1

    I am planning to pet one whale

  • Maurice Tenada
    Maurice Tenada Month ago

    so your telling me that a ambergris seller could be called a shit dealer

  • Amel Omic
    Amel Omic Month ago

    Im surprised govermant hasnt put gient diaper on whales catching that shit

  • Dr. Emmett Brown
    Dr. Emmett Brown Month ago

    2 Chainz - Most Expensivest Shit
    Business Insider - Whale take a look at this

  • RGG Plays
    RGG Plays Month ago

    watching while eating doritos... what great experience :|

  • Anik Kundu
    Anik Kundu Month ago

    I would look out for these things when I get to the ocean... who knows it might not be plastic floating

  • Priyantha Ranmuthu
    Priyantha Ranmuthu Month ago

    Are there buyers?
    I have a 5KG

  • mohan lal yadav
    mohan lal yadav Month ago

    Where exactly it is available

  • dirtybanana3
    dirtybanana3 Month ago

    Humans are interesting creatures...😒

  • Elisabeth Harvard
    Elisabeth Harvard Month ago


  • AH AH
    AH AH Month ago

    fine il watch about whale poop...although i have en exam in 1 hour..gee youtube

  • Zextrid
    Zextrid Month ago

    damn i can do that too

  • xVelocity70
    xVelocity70 Month ago +1

    My poop dealer just stocked up on whale poop 😎

  • Old Wes
    Old Wes Month ago

    wow, way to copy FACTS IN MOTION you pieces of shit.

  • Belinda Andrews
    Belinda Andrews Month ago

    Illegal so billionaires can hold rights to it how is selling what is essentially excrement harming an animal

  • Belinda Andrews
    Belinda Andrews Month ago

    Maybe they have more sense than to eat squids

  • *Insert Epic Name Here*

    If you put the speed to 1.25X the narrator will sound normal

  • *Insert Epic Name Here*

    The narrator sounds like he's half asleep

    THOR ODINSON Month ago

    I Have Officially Lost Hope In Humanity smh 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Mad Lib
    Mad Lib Month ago

    So interesting!

  • Oof Life
    Oof Life Month ago

    Who wants to touch whale poop?!?

  • Lukas Villiger
    Lukas Villiger Month ago

    Does 2Chainz know about this?

  • Hoodnetwork ktg
    Hoodnetwork ktg Month ago

    sooo pretty much buying cologne and or perfume is the legal "IN AMERICA" because it contains ambergris

  • Ty Uselding
    Ty Uselding Month ago

    bouta hit up my poop dealer after this

  • Dory’s Life
    Dory’s Life Month ago

    I found a chunk of whale poop I gave it to a kid

  • answer me pewdiepie

    Well, off to make a whale farm!

  • Subscribe to me For no reason

    You know what they say
    *_beauty is pain_*

  • LeVelle Coley
    LeVelle Coley 2 months ago

    Now that’s literally shitting bricks right there 🤗

  • canteringhoof
    canteringhoof 2 months ago

    me: hi can i have some whale poop please?
    aquarium worker:yeah sure!

  • 바투 간드류
    바투 간드류 2 months ago

    When whale poop smells better than your own poop

  • Keith Maynard
    Keith Maynard 2 months ago

    Am I the only one that’s picking up how ridiculous the narrator thinks this is?

  • Quatific
    Quatific 2 months ago +1

    My poop is expensive too! It only originates from me and it can be turned into burnt ash!

  • Holly Maddison
    Holly Maddison 2 months ago

    I always believed it was whale sick lol

  • hentai god666
    hentai god666 2 months ago +1

    Damn my poop dealer really be the plug he just had this just yesterday

  • Sweaty Tea
    Sweaty Tea 2 months ago

    Who tf bouta buy whale shit😂

  • jfitness
    jfitness 2 months ago

    Why didn't y'all get 2 Chainz this would of been a great MES Episode

  • kowiwi
    kowiwi 2 months ago

    Cant wait till my poop dealer stock up on this shit

  • Karon pad
    Karon pad 2 months ago +1

    _When whale shit worth more than you_

  • Jackeryz’s Son
    Jackeryz’s Son 2 months ago

    How is artificial ambriene not even made yet?

  • Dreamstate
    Dreamstate 2 months ago

    You would think at this point technically speaking that through chemistry we should be able to make this crap in a lab.

  • It's Joe Da Noob!
    It's Joe Da Noob! 2 months ago

    My first time seeing poop as *value*

  • 5318oo8_3
    5318oo8_3 2 months ago

    I accidentally sprayed whale shit into my eye once ..

  • I aM bRoKe ._.
    I aM bRoKe ._. 2 months ago

    This even real? I didn’t know whale pooped

  • Waluigi
    Waluigi 2 months ago +1

    Bob's burgers gang

  • Scatterdawn
    Scatterdawn 2 months ago +1

    Where my poop dealer at?

  • Dj Games
    Dj Games 2 months ago

    Why do people want whale poop thou