He was found dead in his Aquarium at the Sea Life Centre, Germany this morning. He was 2 and a half years old. He will surely be missed

Paul the Octopus (reportedly hatched January 2008 – 26 October 2010)[1][2] was a common octopus from Weymouth, England, who lived in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany.[3] Paul became internationally famous for correctly predicting the winner of Germany’s seven matches at the 2010 World Cup, as well as the final. He died on 26 October 2010.

Paul’s predictions were designed so that he was presented with two boxes containing food in the form of a mussel, each box marked on the outside with the flag of a national football team in an upcoming match. The first mussel Paul ate in a box showing a particular flag indicated his prediction of who would win in four of Germany’s six Euro 2008 matches, and in all seven of their matches in the 2010 World Cup. He correctly selected a win for Spain against the Netherlands in the World Cup Final on 11 July by eating the mussel in the box with the Spanish flag on it.[4] His “predictions” were 100% (8/8) correct for the 2010 World Cup and 86% (12/14) correct overall. Paul was retired after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The keeper at the aquarium claims that Paul was not the same octopus that predicted the results for the 2008 UEFA European Football Championships