R.I.P with the Fishes

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R.I.P with the Fishes


Byline: Geraldine McKelvie

Student's 'aquatic grave' would see bodies eaten A STUDENT has come up with a new method of burial - bodies released into the sea to be eaten by fish. ith - ea Andrew Tibbles devised the "aquatic grave" because he wanted to allow people to use their body to "give something back" to nature, even after death. he ed ir He believes it could generate unprecedented nutrition for small marine life. e ll And his project has the backing of renowned anthropologist Professor Sue Black, who provided scientific advice to the 22-year-old. 'I have always ideas are a Andrew's idea would see his fully contained, degradable coffins placed just below the water's surface - still visible to grieving relatives. The coffin would gradually disintegrate as the body was decomposing, allowing fish to snack on the remains. out-Andrew, from Paisley, has already identified two sheltered locations off the coast of Arran and Cumbrae which he says would be suitable for burials.

The student - who is in the final year of his degree in product design at the University of Dundee - said: "I suppose it is quite an unusual idea and my classmates were a bit surprised when I said what I wanted to do for my degree project.

"But I've always had ideas that are a bit out-there. This could potentially be good for marine life and someone has approached me to tell me they would like to be buried in this way.

"I guess I just wanted to do something which illustrated physical decomposition and the new growth process. …

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