A group of Canadian monks from the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society released a reported 600 pounds of lobsters off the coast of Wood Islands on Saturday. The monks purchased the animals from local vendors on Prince Edwards Island and conducted a 20-minute prayer ceremony before setting them free. “Hopefully, we can find a spot where there are no cages waiting for them,” monk Venerable Dan said before contacting fisherman for advice about the safest areas to release the lobsters. “This whole purpose for us is to cultivate this compassion toward others. It doesn’t have to be lobsters; it can be worms, flies, any animals,” Dan said before asking, “if your loved ones were in this situation, what would they like you to do?” The lobster rescue follows similar work by Christine Loughead, who spent more than $300 to transport lobster Lobby Joe from a supermarket tank in Ontario to the ocean in Halifax.