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Embedded in chunks of ambergris are often found the horny, indigestible beaks of these squids, and it is a possibility that the substance is produced as a means of imbedding and getting rid of the squid beaks, which otherwise might remain in the stomach and cause irritation.
Ambergris may be found floating in the ocean, washed up on the beach, or within the intestine of the sperm whale.
Ambergris is ordinarily round in the stomachs of whales.
www.rsmas.miami.edu /support/lib/seas/seasQA/QAs/a/ambergris.html   (1843 words)

 Ambergris - LoveToKnow 1911   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
AMBERGRIS (Ambra grisea, Ambre gris, or grey amber), a solid, fatty, inflammable substance of a dull grey or flish colour, the shades being variegated like marble, possessing a peculiar sweet, earthy odour.
It occurs as a biliary concretion in the intestines of the spermaceti whale (Physeter macrocephalus), and is found floating upon the sea, on the sea-coast, or in the sand near the sea-coast.
Ambergris, when taken from the intestinal canal of the sperm whale, is of a deep grey colour, soft consistence and a disagreeable smell.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Ambergris   (395 words)

 Ambergris Pathfinder: Summary
Ambergris is produced in the hindgut of the sperm whale, Physeter catodon L. It is usually associated with the beaks of the whale's principal food, the common cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis.
Ambergris was known to the Arabs as 'anbar and was originally called amber in the West It was used by the Arabs as medicine for the heart and brain.
To the earliest Western chroniclers, ambergris was variously thought to come from the same bituminous sea founts as amber, from the sperm of fishes or whales, from the droppings of strange sea birds (probably because of confusion over the included beaks of squid) or from the large hives of bees living near the sea.
www.netstrider.com /documents/ambergris/summary   (873 words)

 Ambergris, ambre grise, Physeter, catodon, Physeter catodon, macrocephalus, wholesale ambergis, perfume, aromatherapy, ...
The Ambergris is produced by the Sperm whale and is present in of all the ancient pharmacopoeias.
Therefore it is probable that the Ambergris floating on the oceanic currents bring to other members of the species important information about the state of health of the individual, its age, its diet and its identity.
Ambergris is the only scent of animal origin obtained without killing, imprisoning or torturing the animal that produces it.
www.profumo.it /perfume/aromatherapy/essential_oils/ambergris_1.htm   (922 words)

 Documentation on ambergris, what is ambergris, all you want to know on ambergris (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab1.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Ambergris is a pathological secretion of the widespread spermwhale, Physeter macrocephalus, due seemingly to the irritation of the stomach by the beaks of squid and certain shellfish.
Ambergris was known and considered as an imperial trade article in Africa as early as 1000 B.C. During the same period, the Chinese knew ambergris as "lung sien hiang" or "dragon's spittle fragrance", which was supposed to come from the spittle of sea dragons sleeping on sea rocks and drooling into the ocean.
Ambergris that had been badly kept was used, in the Near East and Rome, in perfume making; it also went into recipes of the pharmacopoeia.
www.ambergris.fr.cob-web.org:8888 /info.htm   (656 words)

 Ambergris was a treasure in bad old whaling days   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Often, parrotlike beaks from squid are embedded in the center of ambergris chunks.
Back in the bad old days of whaling, ambergris was highly prized as an ingredient (called a fixative) in perfume to keep it from evaporating.
Ambergris sold for $15 an ounce, a fortune in the 1880s.
www.susanscott.net /OceanWatch1996/oct14-96.html   (508 words)

 Ambergris world, expertise ambergris blocks, ambergrey or any ambergris from spermwhales found
Ambergris, also called Ambre gris or Grey Amber is a substance, formed in the stomach or intestine of the cachalot or spermwhale.
It is conceivable that ambergris is the result of a pathological condition caused by irritation of the whale's stomach due to certain indigestible particles in the whale's food.
Ambergris is a pale greyish or creamy yellow to brown or dark brown waxy solid mass.
www.ambergris.fr   (191 words)

 Ambergris an excretion from the Sperm Whale, beachcombing for ambergris in NZ, ambergris and its uses
Ambergris is an excretion from the Sperm Whale.
Ambergris is formed in the intestines of the sperm whale in response, it is thought, to irritation caused to the stomach lining of the whale from the sharp,indigestible, parrot-like beaks of squid.
Ambergris is a valuable commodity, in part due to its rarity and the uncertainty of supply.
www.ambergris.co.nz /about.htm   (305 words)

 Ambergris Caye Belize General Information and maps, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Ambergris Caye is a narrow island with the lagoon on the west and the reef on the east.
Ambergris Caye enjoys the sun and heat of the tropics, but is cooled by the trade winds off the Caribbean Sea.
Ambergris Caye was once a part of Mexico and therefore its wildlife is vastly similar to that found in northern Belize and southern Mexico.
www.ambergriscaye.com /pages/town/facts.html   (1361 words)

 BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Whale 'vomit' sparks cash bonanza   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Mythologised for thousands of years, ambergris has been referred to as "floating gold" by scientists and scavengers who long for a windfall amid the surf.
Expelled from the abdomen of the giant sperm whale, often while hundreds of kilometres away from land, ambergris is a natural excrement thought to be used by the whale as a digestion aid.
Initially, ambergris is a soft, foul-smelling waste matter that floats on the ocean.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/asia-pacific/4642722.stm   (427 words)

 Natural History Magazine | Editor’s Pick from the Past
Ambergris and several of its supposed effects are mentioned in some of the tales of the Arabian Nights.
Ambergris is an opaque, waxy, laminated solid, having an odor suggestive of musk or benzoin.
Chemists believe that the unique properties of ambergris are due to the presence with ambrein of a benzoic ester which, in their parlance, is a compound ether made up of alcohol and acid radicles.
www.naturalhistorymag.com /editors_pick/1933_05-06_pick.html   (5612 words)

 How to identify ambergris, ambergris shape, colour, size and smell, ambergris test
In shape; ambergris can be flat or square but often rounded, oval shapes appear on the beaches, probably due to the rolling and smoothing action that the ocean waves would have over a period of time, even years.
Ambergris has an unusual odour which is difficult to explain to anyone who has never had the pleasure of its sensual aroma.
Ambergris is often described as being musky and having a sweet earthy aroma unlike any other, or a mossy fragrance reminiscent of the damp forest floor.
www.ambergris.co.nz /identification.htm   (407 words)

 Pharyngula: Ambergris!
Ambergris is cool stuff, so let me add to it's splendor by bringing up two scientific views of it.
It is secreted in the stomach or intestinal tract of the sperm whale and released into the sea in the form of a grey to fl stone-like mass.
The effect of ambrein, a major constituent of ambergris, was studied on the sexual behavior of male rats.
scienceblogs.com /pharyngula/2006/01/ambergris.php   (966 words)

 Ambergris Caye, Belize (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab1.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Ambergris Caye is one of the most popular destinations in Belize for island-seekers as well as divers, it is approximately 15 minutes by flight and 1 1/2 hours by water taxi from Belize City.
Along the entire length of Ambergris Caye, the reef is comprised of spectacular three dimensional coral formations which include canyons, grottoes and tunnels.
The Belize mainland is also a short boat or plane ride from Ambergris Caye, allowing a visitor to stay on the island yet visit such Belize reserves, and eco-tourism attractions such as the Crooked Tree Wild Life Sanctuary, the Belize Zoo, Altun Ha Mayan Ruin, the Rio Bravo Conservation Area and the Baboon Sanctuary.
www.belizetravelcentral.com.cob-web.org:8888 /ambergris_caye.htm   (423 words)

 Will fragrance makers be tempted by whale vomit?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Ambergris, or grey amber, is actually bile secreted by sperm whales to help them digest food.
The substance, which is one of the rarest fragrance ingredients in the world, is at its optimum following several years of exposure to the elements, after which time it dries out and forms a smooth outer surface that contains a dung-like substance.
Although it is found all over the world, Antipodean Ambergris is particularly sought after as the waters and environmental conditions are said to produce a purer substance.
www.cosmeticsdesign.com /news/ng.asp?n=65360-ambergris-fragrance-ingredient   (590 words)

 Ambergris Cays, Greater Ambergris Cay, Little Ambergris Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
They were named after the deposits of ambergris, a waxy secretion from the migrating humpback whales, that washes ashore.
Ambergris Cays, named for the shiny substance secreted by the whales that migrate along the eastern coasts of these islands.
South of the Ambergris Cays, the sandy banks are studded with coral heads tht rise from the sand twenty feet to the surface of these clearest of waters.
www.turksandcaicos.tc /ambergriscay   (1125 words)

 Ambergris? - AOL Music
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 Ambergris Caye - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ambergris Caye is the largest island of Belize located northeast of the country in the Caribbean Sea.
Though administered as part of the Belize District, the closest point on the mainland is part of the Corozal District.
Tourism development of Ambergris Caye began in the early 1970s and grew considerably in the later years of the 20th century.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ambergris_Caye   (320 words)

 Belize Scuba Diving and Snorkeling on Ambergris Caye, Caribbean
Ambergris Caye is justly the most popular attraction to the tourists who come to Belize.
At Mexico Rocks, off North Ambergris opposite a former coconut plantation, you may not see as many fish as at Hol Chan, but the coral is beautiful.
One of the good things about Ambergris Caye, in the eyes of many, is that it does not cater only to divers.
www.belizedive.com   (4903 words)

 Ambergris Caye, Belize, Things To Do
Ambergris Caye does not have great big shopping malls but rather a few quaint little gift shops and street side venders that are more than willing to help you to take a little piece of paradise home with you.
Sunset is one of the most spectacular times on the island as blue skies give way to a lavender backdrop of the island.
Ambergris Caye's biggest claim to fame comes as a dive destination.
www.goambergriscaye.com /todo.html   (860 words)

 Amazon.com: City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Ambergris: Books: Jeff VanderMeer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Ambergris is so fascinating and richly exotic that I could see VanderMeer writing about its Living Saints and Graycaps for decades without running out of stories to tell.
Ambergris is a strange world of violence and beauty, built over a teeming society of "gray-caps" or "mushroom-dwellers".
While Ambergris is difficult to describe, it is full of amazing creations from the mind of Vandermeer, including the mysterious indigenous "gray caps", giant squids, and strange, unsettling fungus.
www.amazon.com /City-Saints-Madmen-Book-Ambergris/dp/1587154366   (2038 words)

 Ambergris Caye in Belize, Central America (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab1.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Ambergris Caye receives cooling tradewinds most of the year, which keeps the temperature down and the mosquitos away.
Ambergris Caye is twenty-five miles long; its width ranges from a few hundred feet to over four miles.
Ambergris Caye was a favorite hiding place of English pirates during the 17th century.
www.belize.com.cob-web.org:8888 /ambergriscaye-belize.html   (1068 words)

 Ambergris Caye, Belize, History
The channel separates Ambergris Caye from Mexico and allowed the Mayans to cut their travel time considerably, since they no longer had to travel all the way around the island to get to northern mainland Belize and Chetumal Bay.
It is believed that the pirates used Ambergris Caye as a safe haven to hide-out and stash their valuables and that they eventually dredged the Bacalar Channel to facilitate the transportation of their treasures to mainland Belize.
The oil from this ambergris was sent to Europe where it was highly valued for its use in making perfumes.
www.goambergriscaye.com /hist.html   (1008 words)

 Belize, Islands in Belize, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Businesses in Belize, hotels and resorts, Belize real estate and ...
AMBERGRIS CAYE, a tropical island on the southernmost tip of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Ambergris Caye is hot and sunny year round.
Ambergris Caye is fringed to the East by Belize's outstanding Barrier Reef, making diving and snorkeling popular past times.
holaambergriscaye.com /about.html   (612 words)

 Ambergris Caye.com, Jewel of Belize, Caribbean, Travels, Adventures, Scuba Diving, Vacations, Businesses, Mayan, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize, and the main spot for travellers to this Caribbean nation.
Ambergris Caye has been the hub of Belizean area maritime trade for centuries.
Fishing, coconuts, and chicle were historic means of islanders support, but in the last twenty to thirty years the incredible scenery of Ambergris Caye has led to a large growth in both the Belize dive and scuba trade, and ecotourism.
www.ambergriscaye.com.cob-web.org:8888   (2947 words)

 Melville, Herman - Moby Dick -- or The Whale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Now this ambergris is a very curious substance, and so important as an article of commerce, that in 1791 a certain Nantucket-born Captain Coffin was examined at the bar of the English House of Commons on that subject.
Though the word ambergris is but the French compound for grey amber, yet the two substances are quite distinct.
Yet so it is. By some, ambergris is supposed to be the cause, and by others the effect, of the dyspepsia in the whale.
www.classicallibrary.org /melville/moby/chapter94.htm   (839 words)

 City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Ambergris by Jeff VanderMeer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Jeff VanderMeer's Ambergris is one of the most brilliantly and vividly conceived places in all of fantasy fiction.
The Festival of the Freshwater Squid; the nocturnal inhabitants known as the mushroom dwellers; the Ambergrisians' obsession with their own cultural identity - such compelling and quirky details are as believable as those from any actual metropolis you might visit.
Ambergris is part medieval Byzantium and part Victorian London.
www.scifidimensions.com /Apr02/saintsmadmen.htm   (596 words)

 Amber homepage
Ambergris is the waxy aromatic substance created in the intestines of sperm whales.
The substance is related to cholesterol and is formed to protect the sperm whale from the sharp beaks and stings of its major food source, the giant squid.
Ambergris and amber are only related by the fact that both wash up on beaches.
www.emporia.edu /earthsci/amber/amber.htm   (569 words)

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