IT was a once in a lifetime find..
Now Lucky Ken Wilman, who found a lump of ‘whale vomit’ worth a fortune on Morecambe beach is advising people not to follow in his footsteps.
Mr Wilman, whose dog Madge found the rare and valuable ‘ambergris’ near The Battery, echoed a safety warning issued by Morecambe lifeboat crew after his amazing discovery.
Ambergris, a waxy yellow substance ejected by sperm whales which can float around in oceans for decades, is in-demand by the perfume industry due to its unique scent.
Valuers in Europe claim it could be worth as much as $250,000. But Mr Wilman warned would-be treasure hunters that his find was “once in a lifetime”.
He said: “People spend their whole lives looking for this stuff and it bothers me that people think they’ll be able to find some more.When the tide is out you’ve got all the mud to contend with.
“I know how dangerous it can be. The RNLI once had to rescue me when my windsurfing equipment broke one-and-a-half miles off the Stone Jetty.
“I like putting Morecambe on the map but I don’t want an influx of people coming in to put their lives at risk, trying to find something they’ll never find.”
Since The Visitor broke the story last week, unemployed Mr Wilman has had the ambergris verified at Lancaster University.
He intends to sell it to the highest bidder and has moved his find, known as ‘floating gold’, to a secure location.
“The value will depend on how old it is,” he added.
“Until somebody comes up with the money, and a cheque is in my account, the ambergris is under lock and key.”