“Management and staff at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre were devastated to discover that oracle octopus Paul, who achieved global renown during the recent World Cup, had passed away overnight,” the aquarium in Germany says in a statement released Tuesday, Oct. 26. He was only 2.
The famous cephalopod, who showed so much promise in the sports prognotistication field, would have been 3 in January.
Paul was born in Weymouth, England in January 2008. His track record for predicting the winner of soccer matches was pretty good, slipping up on two of the Euro 2008 games, but boasting a perfect record for this summer’s World Cup. In July 2010, he retired from predicting.
His method for indicating the soccer god’s favor was simple: Paul would indicate the victor by eating the mussel in one of two plastic boxes adorned with the flags of the competing soccer teams.
Paul’s final resting place and funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
They say another Octopus will be the new title of psychic, time will tell of course, but it won’t live up to Paul.