A lobster caught off the east coast of Canada displays part of a Pepsi logo imprinted on its left claw.
Pepsi, the choice of a new... crustacean? Odd as it may seem, it's the real thing according to Karissa Lindstrand, a lobsterman, er, lobsterperson who was banding lobster claws off Grand Manan, NB on November 21st. Five hours into her grueling shift aboard the Honour Bound, a familiar logo caught her eye: Pepsi's blue and red logo, imprinted on a lobster's claw.
“I can't say how he got it on,” stated Lindstrand, a four-year veteran of the lobster-catching trade. “It seemed more like a tattoo or a drawing on the lobster rather than something growing into it.” Everyone she showed the lobster to – including the “Pepsi guy who delivers Pepsi products all over Grand Manan,” had their own theory of how such a thing could occur. One possibility is that part of a discarded Pepsi box stuck to the lobster's claw by random chance. It couldn't have happened too long ago as lobsters molt as much as 25 times in their first 5 to 7 years of life; by which time they weigh about a pound.
“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,” surmised Lindstrand, shown above hard at work.
Matthew Abbott, Fundy baykeeper and marine program co-ordinator at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, tends to agree with Lindstrand. “This is really a unique instance,” explained Abbott. “I haven't seen something like it before, of such a clear imprint of a can on a marine animal. Where (the lobster) was living, there was garbage infiltrating even into the deep water.” The lobster, by the way, was sent on its way to market with the rest of the day's catch – won't some diner be surprised! (via CBC)