Originally Posted by tropicalescape
And that he collects whale vomit or would like to..
Ambergris is not whale vomit, although it was thought to be for a long time. It actually comes out the other end.
At between $3,000 and $20,000 per kilogram, it poses a fairly profitable prospect for any cruiser in close proximity to adult male sperm whales.
Not only is the product itself highly sought after, a number of researchers are prepared to pay handsomely for data on cetaceans. The data they are most interested in is photographs of the tails of fluking whales. When a whale dives, it lifts its tail vertically in the air allowing a brilliant photo
opportunity. As the tail of a large cetacean is as individual as a human fingerprint, good quality, time and geo-stamped images
provide excellent data for anyone interested in cetacean population and migration trends.
In my case, I've chosen to provide my catalogue of cetacean photos to a NZ university at no cost in exchange for realtime information on adult male sperm whale movements and sightings. The arrangement should prove to be like swapping photos of rocks for geological data from a mineral prospector.
I'd recommend that cruisers get involved with providing data for cetacean researchers. The more help the legitimate agencies get, the less likely the Japanese are to get permission to continue killing whales in the name of research