Doubt over ambergris seizure claims
Kochi: When it was reported that 30kg ambergris was seized from Thrissur last year it had sparked a flutter for it was for the first time that the illegal trade in the rare treasure found in whales’ bellies was reported from the state.
Though several such cases have cropped up since then lab tests have confirmed that many of these seized substances were fake forcing forest officials to take such claims with a pinch of salt.
In fact, the authorities have not been able to confirm the authenticity of the so-called ambergris seized in any of the five cases recorded in the state so far. Forest officials figure that what is mostly going by the name of ambergris trade may be just a ploy to make some quick bucks with fake products.