And Unlike Hiccup Girl, Jennifer Mee, or any number of Hollywood stars, fame never went to his head.
He was probably the world’s most famous octopus EVER, correctly predicting the outcome of eight recent World Cup soccer matches including the final in which Spain triumphed.
So the world truly has lost a one-of-a-kind star. When the staff of the Oberhausen Sea Life Aquarium in Germany found Paul dead of natural causes this morning they were “devastated.”
And why wouldn’t they be? Not only did Paul out-predict thousands of so-called sports experts at the soccer FIFA championship in South Africa this past summer, but he did it without wardrobe demands or a diva diet. Even when the pressure was on, he never complained that he was too tired to choose a a mussel from transparent boxes to indicate his team choice.
He also remained gracious when local Germans, disappointed by Paul’s unfavorable predictions towards their own national team, threatened to fry him up as calamari.
“He was dear to all our hearts and we will surely miss him,” said the aquarium’s general manager, Stefan Porwoll today.”He died peacefully in the night of natural causes.”
Apparently Paul lived a full life- three years was his expected lifespan. He will be remembered in a memorial added to the aquarium’s exhibit- “We will show his most beautiful and moving moments on a screen.”
Boy, am I glad to hear that! So glad Paul will live on as the Elvis of the octopi world!