In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces - Atlas Obscura

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces - Atlas Obscura

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces - Atlas Obscura

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces - Atlas Obscura

Hump back whales eat a lot of giant squid as evidenced by the ring shaped scars all over there body. These beaks do not fare well in the humpbacks digestive tract so there body forms a wax like substance around them so they can more easily be regurgitated or passed through the vent.

Hump back whales eat a lot of giant squid as evidenced by the ring shaped scars all over there body. These beaks do not fare well in the humpbacks digestive tract so there body forms a wax like substance around them so they can more easily be regurgitated or passed through the vent.

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces - Atlas Obscura

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces - Atlas Obscura

The beak of a giant squid (Photo: NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet)   Inspired by the squid, scientists at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University have now developed a material with the same qualities, that could be used to create more comfortable, less harmful medical implants.

The beak of a giant squid (Photo: NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet) Inspired by the squid, scientists at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University have now developed a material with the same qualities, that could be used to create more comfortable, less harmful medical implants.

Inside the giant squid's sharp beak is a tongue-like organ called the radula (shown in yellow). Covered with rows of tiny teeth, it rams bite size...

Inside the giant squid's sharp beak is a tongue-like organ called the radula (shown in yellow). Covered with rows of tiny teeth, it rams bite size...

Scientists build material that mimics squid beak: Promising step toward safer, more comfortable implants

Scientists build material that mimics squid beak: Promising step toward safer, more comfortable implants

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Albatross boluses for dissection ("seagull hairballs"). Discover how much plastic there is in the ocean, and what we can do about it. Also, squid beaks!

Albatross boluses for dissection ("seagull hairballs"). Discover how much plastic there is in the ocean, and what we can do about it. Also, squid beaks!

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces Also known as the secret ingredient in Chanel No. 5. 3/18/16

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces Also known as the secret ingredient in Chanel No. 5. 3/18/16

Also known as the secret ingredient in Chanel No. 5.

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces

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