The world of football was in mourning yesterday as news filtered through that Paul the Octopus had died. The oracle octopus from Weymouth, England was found keeled over in his aquarium at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany on Monday.
Paul proved one of the biggest hits of last summer’s World Cup in South Africa by correctly predicting the outcome of eight key matches: seven Germany fixtures and the World Cup Final.
So how did he do it? Faced with choosing between two boxes, both containing mussels but bearing different national flags, colour-blind Paul selected the box whose nation he felt would win. Despite his German loyalties, predicting a remarkable six victories for Joachim Loew‘s side, Paul became an instant hero in Spain when he picked the Spanish box over the Dutch box in the run up to the World Cup Final.