Paul the Octopus is dead at the age of 2 ½. But Paul the Octopus is dead after one of the more eventful 2 ½ years for an octopus. While most members of his species live and die anonymously, or get collected by Detroit Red Wings fans, this animal found a unique place in sports history. In particular, Spain embraced him as one of their own after he foretold the nation’s greatest sports victory. As such, now that Paul the Octopus is dead, soccer experts will have to predict the 2014 World Cup on their own.
This summer, few really knew what would happen in the 2010 World Cup. However, there was one creature that seemed to know the future, and was proved right every time. He was perfect right up until the end, when he saw that Spain would win it all over the Netherlands.
Months later, Paul was found dead in his aquarium at Oberhausen, Germany. Manager Stefan Porwoll stated that he died of natural causes, and passed away at peace during the night. However, that explanation has not satisfied everyone.
There were more than a few fans upset with Paul, and he was living near many of them. He predicted Germany’s early exit from the World Cup, even though he was living there. He also picked against the Netherlands, England and five other countries that had reason to hate him.
He also gained enemies from a custody battle, as Italy, France and England claimed that he was born in their countries. But he lived most of his life in Germany, which is where Paul died as well. Yet Spain is probably taking it the hardest, since he saw them winning the World Cup – and now he can’t tell them if they’ll repeat in 2014.
Paul’s fame was not the first time that an octopus became a sports icon. However, although the species is a big part of the Detroit Red Wings fandom, it did not predict any of their Stanley Cups. In fact, throwing octopi in home playoff games didn’t pay off for more than 40 years, until they started winning championships in 1997.
But with Paul dead, Spain and all the other nations that he picked are mourning a good luck charm. Yet the aquarium plans to build a memorial for Paul – and Paul II may be set to carry on the family legacy. However, he himself may have to train a successor before the 2014 World Cup.
ABC News- “Paul the Octopus of World Cup Fame Has Died”
Daily Mail- “Paul the octopus, psychic World Cup predictor extraordinaire, passes away in Oberhausen”
NESN.com- “Paul the Octopus Found Dead in Sea Life Aquarium, Conspiracy Theories Follow”