Our environment is important. Duh. The Earth is where we live, and if it got destroyed, where would we be able to walk? Nowhere. That's where. Recently, one little lobster reminded us that the Earth is precious, but we're not exactly treating it with the respect it deserves. And maybe we as people need to step up our game and treat it right. Just maybe.
Recently, a Canadian fishing crew stumbled upon a lobster with part of the Pepsi logo "tattooed" on its claw. Karissa Lindstrand found the little guy in the water of Grand Manan, New Brunswick. The lobster had been put into a crate to have its claws banded when Linstrand noticed something blue and recognizable on its claw.
Lindstrand immediately recognized the familiar blue, red and white of the Pepsi logo because she's a fan of the product. Lindstrand says she drinks up to 12 cans of Pepsi a day. “I was like: ‘Oh, that’s a Pepsi can,’” said Lindstrand. On closer look, it seemed more like a tattoo on the claw. “It looked like it was a print put right on the lobster claw.” Looks like that soda habit is paying off!
Lindstrand took a photo of the lobster and his artwork, then put him in a crate with the rest of the lobsters for sale. But now Lindstrand is having regrets. “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.” When you stumble upon a "once in a lifetime" lobster, you keep it!
The upper lid of a Pepsi can is clearly visible on the lobster's claw, which fades into the blue paint of a can, and just the edge of the red circular logo. No one knows where the tattoo came from. It's unlikely it's a form of guerrilla branding on Pepsi's part.
The Pepsi imprint has sparked a controversy over how it got there. Some people think that a can found its way to the bottom of the ocean, and the lobster grew around it. Others think that part of a Pepsi box got stuck on the lobster. It's a mystery for the ages.
Lindstrand disagrees with these theories. According to Lindstrand, the image couldn't be from a can because it was pixelated. And it couldn't be from a Pepsi box because the image on the Pepsi box is bigger than what she way on the little guy's claw. The image could have been from a printed picture, except for the fact that it would have deteriorated in the water.
“I’m still trying to wrap my brain around what exactly it was,” said Lindstrand. “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.” Maybe Pepsi branded the lobster before throwing it into the sea?
The image of the Pepsi can imprinted on the lobster serves as a reminder to how much trash is floating in our seas. “We don’t see it floating around us when we’re out there,” said Lindstrand. “I do see stuff along the shorelines that gets washed up on the beaches or the sides of the cliffs.”
Matthew Abbott, a marine program co-ordinator at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, agrees. “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,” said Abbott. That's one lucky lobster!
Abbott says that plastic is a particularly dangerous threat to marine life. Plastic gets smaller in the ocean, but it doesn't dissolve entirely. “The smaller something becomes, the more it looks like food to animals of various sizes. Once ingested, it can cause all sorts of problems,” said Abbott.
In order for the lobster to have a Pepsi logo seared onto his claw, there had to have been tons of sea litter. “Where [the lobster] was living, there was garbage infiltrating even into the deep water,” said Abbott. That doesn't sound like a safe place for the little guy to swim!
It's not just the waters of New Brunswick that are dirty. About 300 million tons of plastic is created every year. And every year, more than 8 million tons of plastic gets thrown into our ocean. Pretty soon our ocean is going to be more plastic than water!
An estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic float around the ocean. Yup, that's trillion with a "t." And this summer, a garbage patch the size of Mexico was discovered floating in the Pacific Ocean. Yuck! Fish have to live in that!
Yikes! If that little lobster reminds us that we need to keep our oceans clean, then his life will not have been in vain. Seriously, if the entire ocean becomes a pool of plastic milk jugs and t-shirt bags, where are the fish going to live? The aquarium?