Mumbai: A 53-year-old man was arrested after he was found selling 1.3 kg of ambergris — or whale vomit — worth Rs. 1.7 crore in Mumbai. Also Read - Warned Against Spitting, UP Youth Kills 11 of His Neighbour's Pigeons With Stone As Revenge

Notably, ambergris is a waxy substance that originates as a secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale, found floating in tropical seas and used in perfume manufacture. The sperm whale is an endangered species protected under the Wildlife Act. Also Read - Chandigarh Tattoo Artist Arrested For Keeping a Monkey in Captivity, Accused of Force-Feeding It Alcohol

“We seized 1.3 kg of ambergris, worth Rs. 1.7 crore, from him. It is a prohibited item. We have registered a case under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act and have arrested Dupare,” a police official said. Also Read - Mumbai Fishermen Find Giant Whale Shark That Weighs Over 2000 Kg, Probe Ordered | Watch Video

Police received a tip-off, following which a joint team of police and forest department officials laid a trap on Saturday in the Cama Lane of suburban Vidyavihar area and arrested Rahul Dupare, police said.

Ambergris is soluble in alcohol, chloroform, ether and certain volatile and fixed oils.