Paul, the “psychic” octopus that was a bit of a sideshow during the World Cup earlier this year, died at the age of two and a half at his tank in the German city of Oberhausen last night.
Workers at the aquarium where Paul lived were said to be “devastated” when they discovered his lifeless body this morning. The aquarium posted a statement in German, part of which commented on Paul’s worldwide fame and life. (Translated from German using Google.)
“Paul enthused people of all continents, as it seven times in succession the correct forecasts for the German national team and the final oracle right,” said general manager Stefan Porwoll. “He is very dear to us all and we will miss him. He died peacefully at night and a natural death. It is a comforting thought that he had with us a good life with the best possible care by a dedicated team. “
The statement indicated that Paul’s body will be cremated, and his ashes will become part of a memorial installation in the aquarium:
“In honor of Paul and because of the worldwide interest, will be built in the exhibition is a memorial. Here we show on a screen the best and most moving moments. We are the gifts that have reached us from around the world and exhibit the acrylic boxes and to Finally, Paul also present urn to the public. ”
“For us, this is an unusual approach to one of our marine life. But Paul was also one of the most extraordinary animals we’ve ever had. As Paul concluded in his life so much celebrity, it seems appropriate to a monument for him to build.”
Also part of Paul’s legacy is a recently released iPhone application.