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Lobster found with Pepsi logo 'tattooed' on claw

Lobster found with Pepsi logo 'tattooed' on claw

A Canadian fishing crew has drawn attention to the problem of sea pollution after finding a lobster with a Pepsi logo "tattooed" on it.

Karissa Lindstrand, who works banding lobster claws on a boat in New Brunswick, came across the strange marking on the crustacean on 21 November.

It had been loaded into a crate to be banded, and despite being hard at work for five hours, she spotted the "tattoo" straight away.

The Pepsi devotee, who confesses to drinking up to 12 cans a day, knew the logo well.

She told CBC: "I can't say how he got it on.

"It seemed more like a tattoo or a drawing on the lobster rather than something growing into it."

Ms Lindstrand, as well as her fellow crew and the local Pepsi delivery driver, have spent days coming up with theories on how the marking got there.

While some have speculated it may have come from a box or a can, she is not so sure, but can't place exactly what Pepsi product may have caused the mark.

She added: "This tells me there is a lot of garbage in the ocean, if that's what's happening to the lobsters we get out from the water."

Fundy Baykeeper Matthew Abbott, who works for the conservation council, told The Globe and Mail: "What it really tells us is the prevalence of marine debris in our coastal waters.

"This is a case where the lobster not necessarily has been hurt by it, but it shows that even in the relatively deep waters off Grand Manan there's garbage down there.

"A lot of the plastics we worry about float, but if they're filled with water or other materials they'll sink."

More than eight million tonnes of plastic is thrown away each year and washed out to sea.

As it takes centuries to break down, it is being brought back into our food chain as it is eaten by marine creatures.

(Sky News)

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