Subject: Info: Ambergris; Dugongs (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Thu, 9 May 1996 15:39:13 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 11:35:02 JST
From: Toshio Kasuya <>
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Subject: Re: Ambergris; Dugongs (fwd)

Ambergris has following characters:
1. Floats in water,
2. Dissolves in pure alcohol,
3. Melts if a needle heated in fire is inserted,
4. Forms a fine thread when the needle is removed,
5. It burns if the needle is put in a small fire,
6. The inside usually has layered structure,
7. The color is usually dark brown to pale brown, and
8. It has strong smell, which remind you with sperm whale feces.

Toshio Kasuya, Far Seas Fisheries Res. Inst., 5-7-1 Orido
Shimizu, Shizuoka, 424 Japan