Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Octo-Paul is Dead

Paul, the octopus that seemingly predicted the outcome of Germany's World Cup final  games, is dead.

The cephalopod became a hit in Spain which he predicted would beat Germany for the cup.  One Spanish town even made Octo-Paul an honorary citizen.

At the time I wondered about all the hoopla.  The octopus, like its relatives, the squid and the cuttlefish, are remarkably short-lived.   If they don't get eaten within two years they pretty much just keel over.  Paul made it to a remarkable two and a half years before he was discovered, tentacles up, by aquarium staff in Germany.

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