Doctor’s Quarantine Man’s House Because of Rock He Found

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Doctor’s Quarantine Man’s House Because of Rock He Found


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There Might Be More To It

There Might Be More To It
After their called for help, an officer rushed over to their house almost immediately. The officer had seen a similar story years ago and suspected that there might be much more to it. The man who had found the stone explained what happened and showed his newly found discovery. The agent was completely amazed when he saw the discovery and knew that this was the beginning of a huge discovery that no one would expect.



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Where It All Started

Where It All Started
It was spring 2016 when Steven Whitten, 48, and his wife Viola, 49, were taking a beautiful walk along one of their favorite stretches of the Middleton Sand beach. The beach was very close to their home in Overton, England, and it had a breathtaking view as it looked out onto the Irish Sea. With their busy and hectic lives – Gary working as an engineer and Angela as a nurse – they preferred their privacy when trying to relax.





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The Strange Smell

The Strange Smell
They sniffed a couple of times to see if they could identify the source of the smell. Though it smelled a bit like rotten fish, it was a smell they had never experienced before. All they wanted to do was to walk away and leave the area – but they remained too curious. Their curiosity nevertheless piqued and the couple followed the unpleasant smell in the hope to find the source. When they came closer, they discovered a greyish blop that was the size of a football.



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Unusual Discoveries on Beaches

Unusual Discoveries on Beaches
Steven wanted to know what it was and how it felt, so he stretched out his arm to touch it. He didn’t know if it was something dangerous, so he was extremely careful. Both of them had read about unusual discoveries on beaches before, but nothing about finding strange ones like this. He and his wife wanted to find out exactly what it was. What was the object and would this discovery change their lives?



The Dream of Becoming Rich

The Dream of Becoming Rich
Besides the daily life of the Whitten family, the couple also had beautiful dreams and goals in life. Steven and Viola, like many, had the dream of becoming rich one day. Apart from both being hard working people, they couldn’t wait for that one day when they would finally win the lottery or something similar that would make them rich. While for most people it’s just a dream that most probably would never come true, for them, because of their discovery, it was closer than they thought.



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Bringing The Stone Home

Bringing The Stone Home
After inspecting the blop closely, Steven and Viola thought it was just a strange smelly stone – and because it was smelling so bad, they doubted whether it was wise to take the stone back home. But on the other hand they thought that if they would leave the stone behind on the beach, it could end up in the wrong hands. Despite not knowing whether the discovery was worth anything, they decided to take it home. When there is a challenge, they accept it fully, but at this time, they had the feeling that it could be something big. Steven carefully lifted the stone, wrapped it in Viola’s scarf, and carried it home.



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Online Research

Online Research
They were careful on their way home, because they absolutely did not want to damage the stone, as they thought it might lose its value. They did everything to keep it safe, and Steven was not planning to tell anyone else about their discovery. because he wanted to keep it a secret. As soon as they reached home, Steven continued the investigation on the stone. He started researching online first, hoping that he could find similar stories and discoveries. What he finally discovered changed everything.



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The Research Started

The Research Started
Right after they arrived at their house, Steven took out his fishing scale to measure the weight of the strange stone. It was almost 3.5 pounds! This made the couple even more excited and eager to find out what it was. At that moment, Steven realized that he would need help with this discovery. He guessed that he wouldn’t be able to figure it out on his own. As he didn’t want anyone to know that he might had made a huge discovery, he was unsure how to handle it from here.



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What Could it Be?

What Could it Be?
Steven and Viola did an interview with the Daily Mail, he said that the stone felt like a hard rubber ball. “It smells too bad, though – it’s a very distinctive smell, like a cross between squid and farmyard manure. It feels like a rock-hard rubber ball; its texture is like wax, like a candle. When you touch it, you get wax sticking to your fingers.” If we look at these descriptions, what could it be?



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The Magnet Test

The Magnet Test
After Steven posted the picture, he was going over the Facebook comments under his post in the hope to find something useful. At one point, someone suggested Steven that he should try the “magnet test”. This test could give him some answers about the stone. Steven wanted to find out what the magnet test was and if it could help him with his discovery. He decided to give it a try and carry out the test. This test did indeed give him answers.



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Chaos Caused by the Stone


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What Is the Magnet Test?

What Is the Magnet Test?
After the couple completed the magnet test, they no longer felt comfortable experimenting with the strange and unknown stone. Besides that, they still had no idea whether the smell or the stone itself could be dangerous. The magnet test is a way to check whether an object is made of gold. In cases when it’s not authentic, the fake gold will attract the magnet. So, this test would help the Whittens’ to understand and reveal the real material of the stone. Though Steven did not suspect that they had found gold, with the magnet test he would still be able to find out whether the stone contained iron, for example, which is found in meteorites.



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The Test Results

The Test Results
Once Steven held the stone and magnet against each other, the magnet didn’t stick. This meant that the stone did not contain any iron, and that it definitely wasn’t a meteorite as some people had thought. But if it wasn’t a meteorite, what could it be? Steven was really curious to find out what it was – and on top of that, to find out why the stone had such a terrible smell. After the test and his own little investigation, Steven decided that he could no longer do this alone. He asked for help – and minutes after he had hung up the phone, men in uniform had showed up at his house.



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Calling an Expert

Calling an Expert
Steven was overwhelmed by the men in uniform. Was that really necessary? Nevertheless, Steven showed the object and they inspected it closely. Though the men had a suspicious about what it could be, they couldn’t tell exactly what it was. To be sure, they decided to call in an expert who was specialized in this. Not much later, two experts arrived in protecting clothing. Steven now was even more confused. Together they walked over to their backyard where the stone was laying on the table. The experts were shocked by what they saw.



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Quarantined


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The Discovery Was Rare

They Were Speechless
After the experts did their investigation, they finally could tell what it was and shared the news with Steven and Viola. Ever since they had found the stone, Steven and Viola had thought of the worst possible scenario. When they called for help from the experts they had hoped that they would be able to calm them down – but this was not the case. The couple was completely speechless. This was far more than they had expected and could have ever hoped for! So what was it?



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The Discovery Was Rare

The Discovery Was Rare
The experts told the couple that the stone they had found was harmless. Steven and Viola were happy and for the first time finally felt relieved. But still, this wasn’t just a piece of rubbish they had found on the beach. When the experts told them what the object exactly was, they got very excited. They told them that the stone was a very rare piece of ambergris. Sometimes it would wash up on the shore – and if you were very lucky, you would find it!



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What is Ambergris?

What is Ambergris?
The experts had indicated that it was a piece of ambergris they had found and that it could be worth a lot. For centuries, people and companies have been longing for the substance ambergris. It is generally known for its terrible smell, but after a while it starts to become quite sweet. The reason people and companies want this substance is because it has been used in expensive perfumes for hundreds of years. Apart from perfumes and expensive products, it even seems to be eatable in the long run according to some experts.



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By-product of Whales

By-product of Whales
But how is this substance created? Ambergris is a by-product of whales and very rare. The process of making this substance is actually a bit nasty to be honest. Ambergris is produced in the bile ducts of whales and comes out through the mouth. This process is extremely rare because it does not occur and is not found often, so it could be worth a ton. We can say that Steven and Viola were very lucky with this discovery!



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Sperm Whales

Sperm Whales
Ambergris is not produced by every whale, this is why it is so rare. It comes from one specific whale, the sperm whale. Sperm whales are found in all the oceans in the world and there are many of them, the number has also increased in recent years. But despite the fact that there are many sperm whales, a small amount of Ambergris is produced. This is because not every sperm whale produces the same amount of ambergris and therefore it varies enormously per fish. Therefore, this substance is not found often.



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Endangered Fish Species

Endangered Fish Species
Unfortunately, the sperm whale is an endangered species. This is because sperm whales have been hunted for years because of their blubber. This substance is not only used for perfume, but can also be used to make candles, soap, machine oil and more. In the 19th and 20th centuries, nearly a million whales were killed for this purpose. Until, fortunately, a law was passed in 1980 banning this. Most countries worldwide have banned the trade in ambergris. In the United States, the ambergris trade is part of the larger ban on hunting and using whales for personal gain.



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Earn Money Because of Discovery

Earn Money Because of Discovery
Steven was lucky, in this case, to have found the ‘stone’ in the UK. Here it’s not yet forbidden and ambergris is considered as waste. If it had been forbidden, Steven and his wife would have to give it back and received nothing for it. Besides Steven and Viola, another couple had found the same object. They were therefore astonished to discover that someone else had found ambergris in Morecambe. It had been found near the beach and sold for $155,000! Steven and Viola immediately wondered how much their discovery would be worth and if they could get that kind of money.



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Steven and Viola Became Rich

Steven and Viola Became Rich
The couple did some research about the ambergris found in Morecambe. This piece weighed nearly 6 pounds. It was twice as big as the piece Steven and Viola had found. So that meant it would probably bring in around $65,000 for them. For a whale product? That seemed incredible! Now that they knew they would receive a lot of money for the discovery, they could start dreaming about what they want to do with the money in the future. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Steven said they wanted to fulfill their lifelong dream. And that was to buy a nice mobile home.



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Looking For a Buyer

Looking For a Buyer
After the couple made the discovery, it wasn’t long before everyone around the world wanted to profit from the ambergris. Steven and Viola were approached by several traders, mainly from France and New Zealand. They both wanted to put down a lot of money for the ambergris they found but the couple doubted the sincerity of the companies and if the price would be good enough. They researched similar discoveries and looked at what the market price could be so they could make their own estimate. They were reportedly told that it could fetch around $100,000. They just had to find the right buyer.



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A Colossal Find


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Ken and His Dog Madge

Ken and His Dog Madge
When Ken and his dog Madge were walking on the same beach a few days later, his dog suddenly started behaving differently than normal and Ken knew something was up. This day also changed his life completely. Ken was walking with his dog on the beach when the dog suddenly started to run and make circles. At first Ken thought his dog was acting strange but at some point he started to smell something strange himself, as if there was something on the beach that absolutely did not belong there.



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What Was Going On?

What Was Going On?
Ken was a little spry at first and was afraid he would make a shocking discovery. Then the dog started digging a hole and the smell became more and more distinct. As the dog began to dig on the beach he eventually came to some sort of clump of material, however Ken had no idea what they had found and what to do with it. He did know that he might had made a discovery that could turn the world upside down.



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The Discovery

The Discovery
Because the found object looked so strange and brought such a terrible stench with it, Ken felt he had to do something with it and find out what was going on. He wanted to know what the object was. This especially since the dog was reacting so violently to it. He took the object home and did some online research. Then, to his surprise, he saw that a similar discovery had been made that same week by Steven and Viola and immediately became excited.



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The First Bid

The First Bid
After Ken read various research and discoveries, he himself announced that he had also found a large piece of ambergris. According to The Mirror, a trader in France immediately offered Ken 43,000 pounds (about $54,800). Experts indicate afterwards that Ken should have waited to accept the offer because, according to them, he could have gotten at least double that amount if he had waited and negotiated for the right buyer. On the other side of the world, in Thailand, the largest piece of ambergris ever was found in 2019. You will never believe what this has yielded. 



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The Largest Piece Ever

The Largest Piece Ever
In 2019, Jumrus Thiachot, a 55-year-old fisherman, was walking along a beach in Thailand. During his walk, he came across a strange object. This eventually turned out to be the most valuable piece of ambergris ever found. Like many others, Jumrus had no idea what it could be. He decided to take the piece with him but did not pay much attention to it in the time that followed, it was kept in his storage shed while he continued with his regular activities.



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The Investigation

The Investigation
Eventually, Jumrus decided to investigate the find with his neighbor. At this time he had no idea that he would become rich. The pair cut off pieces of the lump but could not discover what substance it might be. Still, he was determined to find out what it was so he contacted the Thai authorities for help and a professional investigation. The investigators and agents came to his house and began to perform tests that they actually already had the answer to. 



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More Than Just a Rock

More Than Just a Rock
This was more than just a sticky stone; Jumrus had found a 14-pound clump of ambergris. This was a huge find and the authorities gave Jumrus advice on what to do next. The value of this find in Thailand ran to $320,000 thanks to the phenomenal size of the lump. It contained at least 80 percent of ambergris, which is a big discovery. Despite the great find and the amount of money the fisherman received, he will always enjoy his work and will not stop working.



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Blown Away By Big Discovery

Blown Away By Big Discovery
There have been so many amazing discoveries in recent years. This story will blow your mind as to what this man found. And believe it or not, a man in North Carolina also stumbled upon something unusual on a beach. And this object was so strange that it seemed like it was out of this world. Not only was it very real, but it was also a bit frightening to see. The man even seemed frightened by his find and did not know what to do.



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That Long Ago?

That Long Ago?
As the man was walking, he made this bizarre find. This was on the 26-mile long Topsail Island, which lies just off the coast of North Carolina. Like other so-called barrier islands in New England and many parts of the world, this place is thought to have formed about 18,000 years ago. That was when rising sea levels at the end of the last Ice Age flooded areas behind coastal sand deposits. Could he have found something that was that old?



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The Barrier Islands

The Barrier Islands
Barrier Islands are known for their beautiful beaches and unique diversity of different beautiful animals, and Topsail Island is certainly no exception. Aside from the beautiful nature the islands have to offer, it is especially known for its good fishing opportunities and also acts as an important nesting ground for sea turtles. This had to be a great discovery and he was curious if other people had recently made such a discovery here on the beach.



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A Megalodon

A Giant Tooth
When Denny, in October 2015, was walking along the beach and enjoying the beautiful nature, he discovered something strange. What he discovered was a giant tooth, almost as big as his hand. At first he thought it was fake and someone had thrown it away, but when he looked at it closely he was shocked. Fortunately, the local Aurora Fossil Museum knew exactly what the tooth was. And when Bland realised what it belonged to, he could hardly believe it. 



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A Megalodon

A Megalodon
After the Aurora Fossil Museum had done its research, it turned out that the tooth belonged to a Megalodon. This is a huge and perhaps the largest shark ever to become extinct. This shark is very old and therefore very special that this tooth was found. The shark swam through the oceans between 16 million and 2.6 million years ago. The name also means ”big tooth” in Greek. During its existence, it was also the largest predator on the planet.



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He Became More Excited

He Became More Excited
Of course Danny was glad that he had found something beautiful and he knew that this did not happen often. After hearing which animal the tooth belonged to and how old it must have been, he only became more excited. He explained: “I couldn’t have got a million dollars and been happier. Even the little ones, when you see a little shark tooth, you just get all excited.” And of course, we understand that all too well.



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Enormous Shark

Enormous Shark
It is not known exactly what the exact size of this shark must have been at the time. Although scientists do not know exactly, it is assumed that it was somewhere between 52 and 59 feet long and weighed between 70 and 100 tonnes. This means that, if you compare it with the great white shark, this enormous shark must have been three times as long and 30 times as heavy as the great white, which is the largest living predator today. We cannot even imagine how big it must have been.



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Much Larger Than a T. Rex

Much Larger Than a T. Rex
There was also a palaeontologist who stated that the Megalodon would have been much larger than the Tyrannosaurus rex. He said: “The T. rex would not stand a chance against this huge thing. T. rex’s head would fit in this guy’s mouth.” That’s how big the shark must have been. Although no fossil jaws of the Megalodon have been found yet, a scientific reconstruction based on the great white shark estimates them to be at least 2 metres wide.



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The Enormous Jaws

The Enormous Jaws
The enormous jaws probably contained a total of 276 teeth, based on 15 rows of teeth. That is really huge! And the teeth were also jagged. Moreover, it is estimated that the shark’s monstrous bite yielded between 24,000 and 41,000 pounds of force – the most powerful of any animal in history that we know of. This means that it must have been easy for this shark to crush the bones of whales and other large animals that it preyed on at the time.



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The Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean
In North Carolina there have been several people who have been lucky enough to find parts of teeth from this huge beast. The island where Danny found them and other natural areas in North Carolina are known for finding huge teeth more often and these places are considered the best places to find them. The reason Danny found these teeth is probably due to hurricane Joaquin, which caused a nuisance earlier that month, and through which the teeth came to the surface from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.



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Research and Discoveries

Research and Discoveries
Research and several discoveries of these teeth have shown that the Megalodon did not only live in this area around the islands of North Carolina. This shark lived and hunted all over the world. Several finds have been made in Europe, North America, Asia and even Australia. Even months before Danny found this tooth, a similar discovery was made in Central Europe, when a Croatian man found a black Megalodon tooth in a local river.