Paul the Octopus
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|Paul the Octopus|
Paul the Octopus in his aquarium tank next to a football boot marked with the German flag colours
Weymouth, Dorset, England
|Known for||Making predictions for the results of Germany's football matches|
|Owner||Sea Life Centres, Oberhausen, Germany (aquarium keeper: Oliver Walenciak)|
|Named after||A poem by Boy Lornsen, Der Tintenfisch Paul Oktopus|
Paul the Octopus or Paul Oktopus (hatched in 2008, German: Paul der Krake) is a common octopus living in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. The octopus is used as an animal oracle in an attempt to predict the results of football matches, usually international matches in which Germany is playing.
During a divination, the octopus is presented with two boxes. Each contains food, and is marked with the flag of a national football team in an upcoming match, among which he is said to choose his predicted winner. The octopus is reported to have chosen the box with the flag of the winning team in several of Germany's six Euro 2008 matches, and in each of their first six matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On July 9, when presented with a box with a Spanish flag attached to it and another with the Netherlands flag, he ate the mussel in the box with the Spanish flag. That act was interpreted as a prediction that Spain will win the World Cup final on July 11. On the other hand, Mani the Parakeet has a Dutch win over Spain.