The octopus that correctly predicted the results to each of Germany’s World Cup matches has been found dead in his tank. Officials at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany do not suspect foul play.
“Paul” who gained fame this summer by correctly identifying the winner of each of Germany’s matches during the World Cup in South Africa was 2 1/2 years old. That is apparently a ripe old age for a Cephalopod.
During the World Cup Paul would be faced with two boxes, each containing a mussel and bearing a team flag. Whichever lid he opened first would count as his pick for the game. As stated earlier, he was 7-for-7 in his picking of Germany’s games and also correctly selected Spain over the Netherlands in the final.
While Octopuses (yes that is the correct usage, I looked it up) are considered one of the smartest species of invertebrates, the fact that Paul was so spot on in his predictions certainly suggests some sort of special power. Either that or he was just a homer (picked Germany six of seven times) who was really hungry.
The English-born Paul was also picked as an ambassador for England’s 2018 World Cup bid. He also had his own agent…you can’t make this stuff up.
Officials at the Sea Life aquarium have not decided how to honor Paul in death. They have suggested that he may get his own burial plot on the grounds.
Rest In Peace Paul.