Meet the Swansea University student with the lobster tattoo
YOU'VE heard of the girl with the dragon tattoo, now meet the student with the lobster tattoo.
A Swansea University student's first tattoo was inspired by a lobster she studied in the city.
Charlotte Davies, aged 23, got a tattoo of a lobster on her foot in honour of a favourite Swansea University laboratory lobster named Clonk, who was later released back into the sea.
Charlotte said she was first introduced to the lobster while studying for her undergraduate degree.
She said: "During my undergraduate degree, Dr Emma Wootton, a postdoc in my lab was my 'mentor', basically she told me what to do and taught me to love all things lobster, and introduced me to a Swansea lobster, which she had named Clonk.
"Clonk was basically a right pain. At first, Clonk was put in the big tank with all the other wild caught lobsters (banded, of course), but after a few weeks we had to put him in solitary confinement.
"Not only did he start fights with nearly all of the other lobsters, he stole their food too."
Charlotte said she decided to get a lobster as her first tattoo after a discussion with friends.
She said: "Naturally, when it came to me getting my first ever tattoo, it had to be a lobster, and who else better than Clonk to be the star of the show.
"I took a photo of my beloved lobster to the tattoo shop and 24 hours later was branded for life."
Charlotte has now received funding to allow her to carry out research into a disease which kills lobsters at the Atlantic Veterinary College Lobster Science Centre in Charlottetown, Canada.
The PHD student will be focusing on learning about screening techniques used to combat Gaffkaemia, which is a bacterial disease that affects lobsters in both North America and the UK.
Charlotte said: "It is very exciting for me to be able to take my studies abroad.
"I will be working at the forefront of research in my field, and learning new techniques, which I hope to reproduce in the lab upon my return to Swansea.
"Lobster health is an important issue for fisheries, as they have such long life cycles, it can take years for them to reach the minimum landing size, therefore populations can be delicate."