A woman was horrified when she spotted a pair of beady eyes staring back at her from a tin of tuna. Zoe Butler, of Arnold, Nottingham, had just opened the can of Princes tuna when she noticed the strange creature. The mother-of-two, aged 28, has complained to the company and is keeping the remains in the tin while she waits for a reply. Mrs Butler said the can of tuna chunks preserved in spring water was part of a multi-pack bought from Asda in Arnold.
She said: "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.
It's got like a spiny tail along the bottom – it's quite grim.
I dropped the fork, jumped back, screamed a bit and shouted for my nan to come and have a look."
Mrs Butler has sent photos of the fishy find to Princes.
She added: "I haven't shown it to the kids because they might get put off eating tuna.
"I just want to find out what it is and to make sure it doesn't happen to somebody else.
I didn't set out to get compensation and I don't a want lifetime's supply of tuna!"
Zoe's grandmother Susan Goddard, 69, said: "It's a little red and has eyes, bright black, looking at you. We did manage to ascertain that it was dead."
Dr Hany Elsheikha, associate professor of veterinary parasitology at the University of Nottingham, said it could be some form of juvenile crab.
He said: "All I can see from the picture is a body and the eyes are very prominent. The legs have been chopped off during the process."
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.