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'Prawn to be Wild'<br />
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One of the solace stones. <br />
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An army of 1000 tiny lobsters have been released onto a purpose built reef built on the sea bed off Portland in Dorset.<br />
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2000 tonnes of Portland stone have been sunk on the seabed of Ringstead bay in an effort to regenerate the marine life and create a venue for divers.<br />
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The tiny crustaceans were bred at the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow before being taken to Dorset and released by a team of divers.<br />
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Once the lobsters outgrow the reef they will be encouraged to live in an outer reef made from concrete stones filled with cremated remains.<br />
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They will be taken out to sea and dropped into the water during a ceremony involving bereaved relatives.<br />
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The underwater headstones, dubbed solace stones, will have a brass plaque on with the name of the person whose ashes are inside.<br />
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The bizarre project is being aimed at families of dead fishermen, divers and other seafarers as it would give them a fitting send off.