A lucky Thai fisherman found two huge lumps of whale vomit valued at £240,000 after returning to the shore disappointed that he had not caught anything.
Asaree Pooad, 24, abandoned his fishing trip with his father on Tuesday due to monsoon rains in the Satun province, south Thailand.
Both were downhearted as they returned to shore empty-handed but the pair noticed two strange chunks floating in the shallow part of the water.
The father and son took home the solidified whale vomit, (sample pictured), thinking it could be the sought-after ambergris that they had seen on television. Fisherman Asaree Pooad branded the samples ‘treasures’
They were delighted after researchers at a university in the province verified the samples of whale vomit. They were awarded a certificate verifying their discovery
One of the chunks weighed 7kg while the other weighed 600g.
Combined, both lumps could be worth up to £242,000 based on quality and previous prices after scientists at the region’s Prince of Songkhla University checked the ambergris and issued certificates of authenticity.
The father and son are open to offers in case someone wants to buy the lumps from them as well as re-examining them to prove they were real.
‘We had to go home early because of the storm but we ended up finding these treasures,’ Mr Pooad said.
After sending samples to the university, the father and son were delighted when the result came back positive and received a certificate saying that the lumps were whale vomit