Weymouth's psychic octopus Paul is no sucker

Dorset Echo: Paul the octopus Paul the octopus

THE ‘psychic’ octopus born at Weymouth’s Sea Life Park was again proved right after correctly predicting Germany’s World Cup defeat.

Paul the octopus foretold that Spain would beat Germany 1-0 in their semi-final tournament clash on Wednesday.

The octopus, who was born in Weymouth four years ago before being relocated to Oberhausen, Germany, has been making World Cup predictions about Germany by selecting a mussel from one of two boxes placed in its tank.

One box carried the German flag and the other the flag of the opposing team and whichever mussel Paul picked first was taken as its prediction.

Paul correctly foretold Germany’s 1-0 defeat against Serbia in the World Cup group stage and Germany’s subsequent wins against England and Argentina.

Weymouth Sea Life Park’s senior aquarist Matthew Fuller said: “It’s the first time I’ve known of an octopus making predictions, so it is quite a surprise.

“They are the most intelligent of all the invertebrates and studies have shown they are able to distinguish shapes and patterns so maybe he’s able to recognise flags.”

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9:52am Fri 9 Jul 10

Any_good_news_accepted says...

I think this is a fix, in fact so much so, I am prepared to put a couple of Squid on it !!!!!! :)
I think this is a fix, in fact so much so, I am prepared to put a couple of Squid on it !!!!!! :) Any_good_news_accepted
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12:57pm Fri 9 Jul 10

free wessex says...

They eat octopus in Spain.
They eat octopus in Spain. free wessex
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