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UPDATE: Friday, February 6, 2015

Just in — the mystery creature in Zoe Butler’s can of tuna has been identified as an immature crab named Eric.

Well, that’s what Butler named him after the tuna company, Princes, called to correctly identify the creature. And we like Eric. I mean, he’s kind of cute with the rest of his body parts.

But sir, you still have no business in a tuna can. Thanks for ruining lunch.


So this happened.

A mother in Nottingham, England was in for quite a surprise when she opened a can of tuna and found a little head with little beady eyes hiding between the folds of processed fish.

And yes, that description is as gross as it reads.

Not that opening a can of tuna, draining its watery or oily contents, and having your hands smell like aluminum, tin, and the cat food bowl for the rest of the day is gross enough. Some little critter had to come along and ruin tuna sandwiches for Zoe Butler’s family for the rest of their lives.

The 28-year-old told the Nottingham Post:

“I opened the top of the lid and saw a purple thing, a gut sack or intestine – then I turned it round and pushed it with a fork and saw it looking back at me.”

“It’s got like a spiny tail along the bottom – it’s quite grim,” she said.

Butler sent the photos to the tuna company, Princes, but insists she isn’t trying to get anything from them.

Instead, she needs their word this isn’t going to happen again.

A spokesman for Princes said: “We were contacted by Mrs Butler and immediately responded to apologise. We are arranging for her to send us the product so that we can look into this matter fully.”

An Asda spokeswoman said they were awaiting the outcome of the investigation.

What the head belonged to is up for debate, but experts say it looks like a juvenile crab. Now, we’re just waiting for his little claws to show up in another can, so we can write this story all over again.


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