Arguably the most famous octopus in all the world, Paul, the oracle octopus, died this morning in Germany.
Paul gained world-wide fame when he successfully predicted numerous rounds during this year’s World Cup. Paul even received death threats when he bet against his home country, Germany.
A statement from the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre, read:
“Management and staff at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre were devastated to discover that oracle octopus Paul, who achieved global renown during the recent World Cup, had passed away overnight.”
According to the Associated Press, Paul the Oracle Octopus successfully predicted all 8 World Cup games. Paul made his predictions by choosing between two boxes that were lowered into his tank. Each box contained muscles and a flag of one of the competing teams. The psychic octopus would choose a box, and that team would end up winning the match.
Paul the oracle octopus is now in cold storage, as the aquarium decides what to do with his remains.
Sea Life manager Stefan Porwoll said:
“We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine. While this may seem a curious thing to do for a sea creature, Paul achieved such popularity during his short life that it may be deemed the most appropriate course of action.”
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