It’s not often that something other than the football itself becomes as big as the World Cup, which is help every four years, but during this year’s World Cup which was held in South Africa, it was Paul the octopus who had everyone talking.
Paul was born at an aquarium in Weymouth in England, but was living in a tank at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen in Germany at the time of the World Cup.
Paul had proved to be smarter than the average octopus, and when 2 boxes containing the names of teams that were playing a game in the World Cup were placed into his tank, he correctly picked a mussel from the box for the team that was going to win every time.
Paul’s fame in Germany spread world wide when he correctly predicted that Spain would win the World Cup, and the media was filled with the name of Pulpo Paul (Pulpo being Spanish for octopus).
But sadly this week Paul passed away, quietly, and his body is being kept in cold storage while the aquarium decide what to do with him.
Paul’s fame was short lived, but he will no doubt live on in the memory of football fans everywhere.
Word has it that the aquarium is already training a successor, also named Paul, and so we will have to wait for the next World Cup in 2014 I guess to see how accurate his predictions will be.
ABC News Australia