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Warning to whale sick bounty hunters

Ken Wilman and his dog, Madge who found a lump of rare whale vomit or 'ambergris' on Morecambe beach

Ken Wilman and his dog, Madge who found a lump of rare whale vomit or 'ambergris' on Morecambe beach

Lifeboat chiefs today warned would-be whale sick bounty hunters to take extra care on Lancashire’s beaches.

The warning comes after the Evening Post reported yesterday how dog walker Ken Wilman could be in line for a £40,000 windfall after learning that the unusual ‘stone’ his dog uncovered on Morecambe beach was in fact a lump of sought after whale vomit.

Sperm whale sick, or ambergris, is an in-demand perfume ingredient and can fetch large amounts of cash.

Now, although the chances of making a similar find in Morecambe, are said to be slim, Morecambe’s RNLI has urged the public to take extra care if hunting for whale vomit on the town’s beaches.

The RNLI says Morecambe’s beaches can be very dangerous with fast rising tides and shifting quicksand on a day to day basis.

People can be caught out very easily and when searching for items can lead to confusion about tides and areas of danger.

Mike Guy, Morecambe’s lifeboat operations manager said: “We advise the public to read the sea safety notices placed around Morecambe or contact the HM Coastguard for further safety information”.

 

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