While Lindstrand can't seem to explain how the lobster got its marking, Abbott thinks it has a lot to do with debris in the coastal waters.
“What it really tells us is the prevalence of marine debris in our coastal waters," Abbott explained. "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."
The marine expert said that there are ongoing efforts to rid the waters of garbage, but it's still a huge challenge.
"A lot of the plastics we worry about float, but if they’re filled with water or other materials they’ll sink," he added.
The viral photo is a reminder to people that sea life is suffering because of the amount of pollutants in the world's oceans. About 8 million of the 300 million tons of plastic produced annually gets dumped into the oceans, according to Plastic Oceans.
Abbott also admitted that ropes and debris are a common sight for those who work in the fishing industry, however a lobster with a Pepsi can image is "truly unique."
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