Ambergris: The Search for Its Origin

@article{Dannenfeldt1982AmbergrisTS,
  title={Ambergris: The Search for Its Origin},
  author={Karl H. Dannenfeldt},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1982},
  volume={73},
  pages={382 - 397}
}
A MBERGRIS is a rare wax-like pathological growth found in the stomach and intestines of the sperm whale (Physeter catodon). Its origin is still uncertain, but the condition may be due to the irritation caused by certain indigestible food, especially when the whale has been feeding on cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis), a favorite food. The horny beaks or mandibles of the cuttlefish, almost invariably found in ambergris, are indigestible and cause the irritation. The unnatural growth is usually… 
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