Fisherman have been finding strange lobsters in their nets recently.
The Canadian lobster, Homarus Americanus, has been making an appearance off the northern coast of England. What’s even more unusual about the lobsters showing up 3,500 miles from their home is that some of them have rubber bands on their claws. Obviously these lobsters are not taking a leisurely swim to foreign waters.
Researchers think passengers on Atlantic crossing cruise ships are actually buying live lobsters and throwing lobsters overboard into the ocean. These misguided animal rights activists are doing more harm than good.
“In the past we have heard one officer talking to another on the cruise ship saying some of the passengers were going to buy lobsters and release them, thinking they were doing good,” Gary Redshaw, a skipper who has found the foreign lobster species in British waters says.
In fact, Canadian lobsters can potentially do a lot of damage if they spread diseases to the native English lobsters.
Furthermore, North American lobsters cannot breed with the lobsters found off the coast of England. Typically, they will die in a short time after subjected to the unfamiliar waters. Leaving their claws bound by rubber bands also compounds the problem. Throwing lobsters overboard from a cruise ship can even kill them due to impact with the water.
Mike Cohen, Chief Executive of the Holderness Fishing Industry Group said:
They won’t last much longer than if the passengers had eaten them for dinner.