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Lobster sports ocean debris ‘tattoo’
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 8, 2017 12:01AM

A lobster was caught off New Brunswick, Canada, in late November, with a Pepsi logo “tattoo” on one of his claws, The Guardian reports ( It is pictured in a photo by Karissa Lindstrand, who discovered the critter in a crate, waiting to have its claws banded. She recognized the logo immediately.

But how did it get there? One theory is the lobster grew up around a can on the ocean floor. Another is that part of a Pepsi box somehow stuck to the critter. Lindstrand doesn’t buy either idea, and thinks it’s from a printed picture. “I’m still trying to wrap my brain around what exactly it was,” she said.

The crustacean is a sad reminder of how pervasive ocean debris is. The Center for Biological Diversity says there are an estimated 15 trillion to 51 trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans, with particles being ingested regularly by fish, birds and marine mammals, often with deadly results ( The lobster was lucky to get away with just a tattoo.

Unfortunately, Pepsi Claw wound up being sold. The captain of the fishing boat contacted the buyer to try to get it back, to put on display in a local restaurant, but he was unsuccessful.

“I’m really wishing I would have kept it now,” said Lindstrand. “It’s the first time I’ve seen something like that, and it was pretty neat. Kind of bad, but pretty neat.”


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