Paul the World Cup Psychic Octopus Died – Paul the psychic octopus was a star of the 2010 World Cup has died at an aquarium in Germany. The creature predicted the outcome of eight matches. Staff at the Sea Life center in Oberhausen said they were devastated to learn that he had passed away during the night.
Paul made his name by successfully choosing a mussel from one of the two boxes bearing the flags of competing nations. His death was not unexpected for the fact that octopuses rarely live beyond two years. He is two-and-a-half years old and had been hatched at another center at Weymouth in England in 2008.
He became an instant hero in Spain, suggesting a request to have him put on display at Madrid zoo. In the middle of the euphoria, he was even made an honorary citizen of a Spanish town before being made an ambassador for England’s 2018 World Cup bid.
According to the Oberhausen center, Paul had seemed fine when last checked on the night of 20 October but was found dead the next morning.
A documentary has been filmed. Not only that, books and toys are already planned for the Christmas market.
Paul’s agent Chris Davies said “it’s a sad day. Paul was rather special but we managed to film him before he left this mortal earth.”
A memorial is to be erected at the aquarium in his memory.