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Monday, 10 January 2011

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Paul the psychic octopus is not forgotten - his son't are in training for the next World Cup

Paul the Octopus (reportedly hatched January 2008; died 26 October 2010) was a common octopus from Weymouth, England. Paul lived in a tank at a commercial attraction, the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany and became internationally famous after his feeding behaviour was used to correctly predict the winner of each of Germany's seven matches in the 2010 World Cup, as well as the outcome of the final.

Workers at the See Life Centre in Oberhausen have announced that before Paul's demise, he fathered many male offspring. These young octopi are now being trained in an attempt to find out if any of them possess the psychic abilities of their father. Apparently at least two are showing promise. 'Handlers' are working in shifts in an effort to have the two ready for the next World Cup.

After his death, Paul was sent to a world famous taxidermist and now is on dispaly in the foyer of The Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen. He remains the star attraction as he stares out from his glass case. Indeed, many visitors to the Sea life centre admit that the main purpose of their visit is to see Paul and have their photographs taken with him.

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