Paul the Octopus Dies

Paul-the-psychic-OctopusOne of the most famous octopuses, if not the most famous, in the world has died. Paul the psychic octopus, whose predictions during the World Cup captured the world’s attention, passed away Monday night, the aquarium that has been taking care of the sea creature said.

“Management and staff at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre were devastated to discover that oracle octopus Paul…had passed away overnight,” the aquarium said in a statement released on Tuesday. Paul hogged the headlines during the World Cup when he correctly predicted the winner in all of Germany’s seven matches, as well as the finale between Spain and the Netherlands.

Paul, who made his predictions by choosing between two food containers bearing the flag of the competing teams in a match, also acted as fortuneteller for Germany during Euro 2008, where he correctly picked the winner in four of the Germans’ six matches.

Paul was reportedly born at the Sea Life Center branch in Weymouth, Dorset, England, in January 2008. The octopus “retired” from predicting after the World Cup, which Spain won for the first time just as Paul had predicted.