Perfumeries of Paris in the 16th century sought after ambergris, the desired rare ingredient needed to supply their wealthy pompous clientele of twitching olfactory receptors with aromatic stimuli, perfume. The hottest industry in France was for a century dependent on the highly sought after ambergris, a substance secreted by temporarily infirm whales.

As the whale consumed its limit of indigestible shrimp, krill, grit, octopus beaks and sour Sargasso polyps, the objectionable indigestible build-up was disposed of as vomitus bile, regurgitated into the warm gulf of its winter home.

In 1775 Whale Puke Island could have been its name had the chart maker for Her Majesty's ship had any sense of humor.