Paul, World Cup Octopus Oracle, Dies at 2 ½

Paul, World Cup Octopus Oracle, Dies at 2 ½ – Cephalopod who Gained Fame for Correctly Calling all German Games in Soccer Championship Dies of Natural Causes – Sea Life Aquarium says that Paul the Octopus who gained worldwide fame with his perfect World Cup predictions has died. He was 2 1/2.

Octopus oracle Paul chooses a mussel from a glass tank marked with a Spanish flag in the SeaLife Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, July 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil)

Aquarium spokeswoman Ariane Vieregge in Oberhausen said Tuesday that Paul seemed fine when checked on late Monday night but was found dead in his tank Tuesday morning.

She says that it was normal for an octopus of his type to die at that age and that he had died of natural causes.

Paul correctly predicted the outcome of all seven of Germany’s games plus Spain’s victory over the Netherlands in the final. ( )

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