That Mysterious Creature A Woman Found In Her Can Of Tuna Has Been Identified

Zoe Butler says the company is investigating after she opened a can of tuna and saw two black eyes. Update: The creature has been identified (and named)!

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The creature has been identified, and the initial theories were wrong. According to the Nottingham Post, Princes has contacted Zoe Butler to tell her it's a Megalopa: an immature crab.

Also, she named it Eric.

'Eric' has now been identified as a small immature crab also known as a Megalopa!

Zoe Butler@zoelouisebutlerFollow

'Eric' has now been identified as a small immature crab also known as a Megalopa!

2:35 PM - 05 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

A British mom had quite a surprise last week when she opened a can of Princes tuna and claims she saw a little creature staring back at her.

@NottinghamPost can you tell me what this is? Nearly fed this to my children!! From Princes tuna chunks can

Zoe Butler@zoelouisebutlerFollow

@NottinghamPost can you tell me what this is? Nearly fed this to my children!! From Princes tuna chunks can

2:39 PM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

"I opened the top of the lid and saw a purply thing, a gut sack or intestine – then I turned it round and pushed it with a fork and saw it looking back at me," Zoe Butler told The Nottingham Post.

The 28-year-old tweeted that she complained to the company about the tuna surprise, and she says they're now investigating what it might be.

The mysterious creature was "very much dead," she added.

No update on the 'creature' other than it is currently being investigated at an external laboratory 🐟

Zoe Butler@zoelouisebutlerFollow

No update on the 'creature' other than it is currently being investigated at an external laboratory

1:43 PM - 01 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

She added that the little guy has a "spiny tail" on its bottom. "I dropped the fork, jumped back, screamed a bit and shouted for my nan to come and have a look," she said.

Amateur internet sleuths have started trying to figure out what the eyes might belong to.

@zoelouisebutler hey I read your story and am convinced it's a head of a Cymothoa exigua IT lives inside of fish

Mark Dodds@DODZY93Follow

@zoelouisebutler hey I read your story and am convinced it's a head of a Cymothoa exigua IT lives inside of fish

10:31 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@zoelouisebutler @NottinghamPost Ya know....with the markings on the head, it actually looks like the head of a developing baby sea turtle.

AmySolorio@SolorioAmyFollow

@zoelouisebutler @NottinghamPost Ya know....with the markings on the head, it actually looks like the head of a developing baby sea turtle.

9:53 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@zoelouisebutler My guess is a blowfish fetus?... Thats mine anyway, haha.

AcidFairyUk@AcidFairyUkFollow

@zoelouisebutler My guess is a blowfish fetus?... Thats mine anyway, haha.

8:45 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@zoelouisebutler looks like some sort of tadpole no?

James Wood@JamesWoodBizFollow

@zoelouisebutler looks like some sort of tadpole no?

6:05 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@zoelouisebutler - Ladies and Gentlemen.... Settle down, it's a #crab. I've found them inside #Oysters before. Case closed. #MysteryTuna

Marshall@MarshEscoFollow

@zoelouisebutler - Ladies and Gentlemen.... Settle down, it's a #crab. I've found them inside #Oysters before. Case closed. #MysteryTuna

11:14 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

While others jumped to the natural conclusion that it's probably extraterrestrial.

@zoelouisebutler Looks like an alien .... How did it taste? #savingliveswithNeoslip

Neo-Innovations UK@NeoInnovationsFollow

@zoelouisebutler Looks like an alien .... How did it taste?
#savingliveswithNeoslip

11:47 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@zoelouisebutler twitter famous because of an alien in her tuna, also, she'll probably never look at tuna the same, much less eat it 😷👽👎

Kyle Vape King@Shaw_nasty27Follow

@zoelouisebutler twitter famous because of an alien in her tuna, also, she'll probably never look at tuna the same, much less eat it

11:43 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

it's clearly some form of alien @zoelouisebutler

Butler said the company told her they would have an answer by Friday.

Wow so many suggestions on what the creature could be. I'm googling them all now 😂😂

Zoe Butler@zoelouisebutlerFollow

Wow so many suggestions on what the creature could be. I'm googling them all now

1:24 AM - 27 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@zoelouisebutler #TunaGate The world awaits the results!

Liam Tarrant@LiamTalksFightsFollow

@zoelouisebutler #TunaGate The world awaits the results!

11:38 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite