The Ambergris Element
Episode 13 of 16 within Season One. Item 13 of 22 overall.
Production number 22013.
Margaret Armen - Writer
Hal Sutherland - Director
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Stardate: 5499.9--The Enterprise arrives to study the planet Argo, a water-based planet where earthquakes caused the land masses to sink.

While exploring an aquatic planet, Kirk and Spock are lost at sea. When they are found they have been transformed into amphibious life forms. Now they must track down the planet's mysterious inhabitants and find a cure, or be left to live as freaks in the Federation.

original airdate--December 01,1973


Alien races: Aquans, Edoan

Starships: U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701

Goof: After Kirk's mutated hands are shown to heal, they are again mutated in a later scene.

Trivia: The title of this episode refers to ambergris which is a waxy substance that is a secretion of whale intestines. Ambergris is used in the perfume industry. It helps perfumes retain their scent longer.

  • Another new piece of equipment was seen in this episode, the telefocals, which were high-tech binoculars used by Starfleet personnel while carrying out reconaissance and search party missions.


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Previous episode :
012 The Time Trap
Next episode :
014 Slaver Weapon

regional titles

The Ambergris Element
Mutation sur Argos
Die Entführung
Pianeta subacqueo
El elemento ámbar