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"The Ambergris Element"

Episode 13

Written by: Margaret Armen

Directed by: Hal Sutherland

Airdate: Dec. 1, 1973

Stardate: 5499.9

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.

Voice Credits:

Regular Characters:
Captain Kirk William Shatner
Mr. Spock Leonard Nimoy
Dr. McCoy DeForest Kelley
Scotty James Doohan
Nurse Chapel Majel Barrett
Lieutenent Arex James Doohan

Guest Characters:
Lt Clayton James Doohan
Domar James Doohan
Rila Majel Barrett
Cadmar James Doohan
Lemus James Doohan
Nephro David Gerrold
Aquan female voices Majel Barrett
Aquan male voices James Doohan


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, 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".


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