The Ghatkopar police have arrested two people for possession of 1.13 kg ambergris (whale vomit) worth Rs 1.7 crore on Saturday. A case has been registered against the duo, identified as Rahul Dupare (53) and Lalit Vyas (44), under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act. ‘Whale vomit’ is a wax that originates as a secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale and is used to manufacture perfumes. Ambergris is used for medicines and potions and as a spice.
Acting on a tip-off about a man coming to Vidyavihar railway station to sell ambergris, a joint team of police and forest department officials laid a trap at Karma Lane area on Saturday and nabbed Rahul Dupare, police said. Sperm whale is an endangered species protected under the Wildlife Act. Ambergris is worth millions due to its use in fine perfumery. Thus, it is in great demand in black markets around the world.