The simple answer is yes, whales can and do vomit.
In fact whale vomit has been used to make perfume, cologne and cosmetics for many years (p.s. the sale of whale vomit is illegal in some parts of the world)!
After a whale vomits it’s vomit is left to petrify and age until it is considered to be useful enough to be used in cosmetics; it is then broken down and added as an ingredient in perfumes and cologne that is later sold to the public.
In the past whale vomit was also used as an incense and in cigarettes.
Nowadays synthetic solutions have largely replaced the use of whale vomit.
Tying to sell whale vomit has been a difficult problem that many individuals and businesses have faced as it is considered illegal to sell whale vomit in many locations.
This is partially due to the fact that whales are a protected species and in order to keep whales from being followed by scavengers, which could potentially put the whales life or safety at risk.
Surprisingly whale vomit can be quite expensive to purchase when it is being sold and has even been called “floating gold” due to the exorbitant amount of money people are willing to pay for it.
This waxy, solid and flammable substance is scientifically referred to as Ambergris and is produced in the digestive system of a sperm whale and is eventually regurgitated or vomited out.
Ambergris can also be expelled out of the whales anal tract.
When it is first released from the whale’s body the smell is often comparable to fecal matter, however as it ages the order begins to take on a sweet earthy scent.
Whale vomit can sometimes be found floating around in the ocean (mostly in the Atlantic ocean and a few other locations where sperm whales are particularly abundant) or washed to shore laying on the beach.