Karissa Lindstrand, a fisherman from Grand Manan, New Brunswick, recently made an unbelievable discovery. She was in the middle of banding lobster claws, when she noticed something unusual – a blue and red logo she was familiar with. When she got hold of the colorful object, it turned out it was not an object at all, but a living being, a lobster with a Pepsi can image “tattooed” on its claw. How the strange tattoo got to be on the animal’s body is anyone’s guess, but one thing is clear – it would not have been there if it was not for the huge amounts of trash that end up in the planet’s oceans.
In an attempt to figure out how the animal got branded with the logo, she shared the story with her crew and many other people, including the Grand Manan Pepsi delivery man. The most probable guess seems to be that the lobster was growing around a can that had been thrown away and got to the bottom of the ocean.
“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,” Lindstrand said.
How exactly the lobster got to be tattooed with the Pepsi logo may remain a mystery forever – but it is no secret whatsoever that this adventure had a lot to do with the fact of marine pollution.
Every year, around 8.8 million tons of plastic trash is being dumped into the oceans – and it interferes greatly with the lives of the animals living there. In fact, around 700 marine animals are in danger of extinction because of the threat plastic poses alone. To change this reality, we all need to make an effort to reduce the amount of trash we produce.
To learn how to help the oceans by using less plastic in your everyday life, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!
Image source: Karissa Lindstrand/CBC News