"8 --'-......_~~ Al Sinani and the 176 pounds ofambergris. substance, the men hauled it our and began to dry it out to sell. They were offered 1,080,000 rials (about $2 .8 million), but the men decided to auction it off instead. Whales secrete ambergris in their intestines as a means ofloosening hard or sharp inges ted objects; when they regurgitate the substance, it Boats on the water's surface. Perfum ers use it because it helps make the scent in perfumes las t longer. While it is illegal to use in perfumes sold in the United States because of the sperm whale's endangered status, it is in demand in other parts of the world. ... Mystic Seaport has received a $1 million gift from the Thompson Family Foundation to support the Thompson Exhibition Building, which opened to visitors on 24 September. "We are extremely grateful for the continued generosity and confidence in the future direction of the museum that the Thompson family h as demonstrated with this gift," said Steve White, president of Mys tic Seaport. The first new exhibition building in more than four decades, the Thompso n Building is the cornerstone of the newly defi ned Donald C. McGraw Gallery Quadrangle at the northern boundary of the campus. Inside the new building, one will find the Collins
Mystic Seaport p resident Steve White addresses the crowd at the opening ofthe 1hompson Exhibition Building on 24 September.
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