While exploring the planet Argo, Kirk
and Spock are made into waterbreathers by an
undersea race, and the venom of a deadly sea snake is the only antidote to return
them to their normal selves.
Paroramic scene of the Scouter-Gig (112KB jpeg) NEW!
- This episode would have been virtually impossible to do in live action as written.
- This episode's author, Margaret Armen also wrote another animated STAR TREK episode
"The Lorelei Signal". She also wrote script's for original STAR TREK
episodes "The Gamesters of Triskelion", "The Paradise Syndrome" and "The Cloud Minders."
- There are pages in this site devoted to the Aquashuttle
and the Scouter-gig
that were featured prominently in this episode.
- As a window into the animation process, two pages from the 46 page storyboard for
"The Ambergris Element" can be downloaded:
Page 24 (132KB gif), and
Page 27 (132KB gif).
- James Doohan did the voices of a whopping seven characters in this episode.
- The title of this episode refers to ambergris which is a waxy substance which is a secretion of
whale intestines. Ambergris is used in the perfume industry. It helps perfumes retain their scent longer.
- Two different Limited Edition Collectors Cels inspired by this episode
were once available from Tuttle Enterprises. The cels were number ST-9 and ST-15.
(Advertisement showing these cels, 142 KB gif).
- A VHS video tape containing "The Ambergris Element"
and "The Slaver Weapon" is available for purchase from
amazon.com, the online bookseller.
- "The Ambergris Element" was novelized by Alan Dean Foster in Star Trek Log Five
published by Ballantine Books in August 1975. Also novelized in the book was
"The Jihad" and "The Pirates of Orion".