Roughly 14 billion tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, and it's incredibly hard to clean it out. But there are some easy ways to prevent trashing the ocean, which the NRDC has compiled; these include no-brainers, like recycling and cutting down on buying bottled water, as well as less obvious actions, like avoiding buying face and body scrubs with plastic microbeads.
"We need smart policies that encourage manufacturers to move away from throw-away plastic," Murdock said. "[We need] individuals who understand the impacts our trash has on vulnerable marine life and make personal choices that help reduce the trash in our oceans.”
Lindstrand admitted that the lobster's claw made her think about just how much trash there is in the ocean that goes unseen: "We don’t see it floating around us when we’re out there,” she said. “I do see stuff along the shorelines that gets washed up on the beaches or the sides of the cliffs.”
As for the lobster, he was sold like all the others, regardless of his unique tattoo. “I’m really wishing I would have kept it now,” Lindstrand said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen something like that."