Octopus Paul, which has died aged 2 years and 6 months. (Photo: YouTube)
Paul the Octopus dies
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 03:10 (GMT + 9)
The cephalopod oracle who correctly predicted the outcome of eight matches during the 2010 Soccer World Cup has died. Paul the Octopus was two and a half years old.
He past away from natural causes, according to officials at the aquarium where he lived.
"We are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here ..." stated Stefan Porwoll, manager of the Oberhausen Sea Life Center in western Germany. "We had all naturally grown fond of him and he will be sorely missed."
Millions of soccer fans across the globe were fascinated by the eight-tentacled cephalopod who correctly anticipated the outcome of several World Cup games in June and July.
Paul’s caretakers would let him make predictions for a particular match by placing boxes in his tank and draping them with the national flags of teams that were going to play against each other. All the boxes carried octopus food.
The caretakers would say that the box Paul opened first represented the team that would win.
The famous German octopus hit 100 per cent of the predictions of World Cup match winners which represents a level of precision of 1 in 128. Initially, many assumed it was pure coincidence or manipulation on the basis of an additive in the water.
"Paul amazed the world by correctly predicting the winners of all Germany's World Cup clashes, and then of the final," Porwoll declared.
Paul thus drew a crowd of news reporters and photographers to him and even inspired a special clothing line and mobile phone applications, according to the centre, CNN reports.
Further, a documentary film on Paul will soon be released and donations given in Paul's name went to help pay for the establishment of a permanent sea turtle rescue centre on the island of Zakynthos in Greece.
Paul’s sea centre has his body in cold storage while it completes plans for his funeral. He will be cremated.
"We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine," Porwoll said. "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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By Natalia Real