Paul the octopus, which won unlikely worldwide fame correctly predicting a host of World Cup matches, has died, his owners said today.
Stefan Porwoll, manager of the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany, said: "His success made him almost a bigger story than the World Cup itself."
Paul predicted the winners of all Germany's World Cup clashes, and then of the final by selecting one of two boxes, each loaded with a mussel food treat and marked on the outside with one of the teams.
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Staff at the centre said his death was not entirely unexpected, since common octopuses generally only live a couple of years.
"He appears to have passed away peacefully during the night, of natural causes, and we are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here," said Mr Porwoll.
"We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine."
I find it odd to feel sorry for an octopus and yet here we are, the story of the accurate predictions was pretty impressive! He was a celebrity octopus and will be missed by folks round the world
A tribute to Paul the octopus.
Poor Paul the octopus, its sad
that he died.
For when forecasting the future
he never lied.
He had a predilection
for football match prediction.
I guess he liked the number eight,
but could not predict his own fate.
But unlike his friends, at least
he did not end up served on a plate.
by Stacie L 7 years ago
Poor Paul:probably end up on someone's plate as calamari!FRANKFURT, Germany (AP)Paul the Octopus, the tentacled tipster who fascinated football fans by correctly predicting results at this years World Cup, died Tuesday.Paul had reached octopus old age of 2 1/2 years and died in his tank on Tuesday...
by samtenabray 6 years ago
Who stood out the most in the 2010 FIFA World Cup?
by apollowb 8 years ago
how can Paul be so smart?Paul, an octopus from Germany, could predict the result of the 2010 World Cup South Africa ! how can he do it?
by Mutiny92 8 years ago
Spain will win the world cup!http://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/football/ … ml?hpt=Mid
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