Farewell fair cephalopod

Paul the octopus, the star of the 2010 World Cup who successfully predicted the outcome of seven matches, including the final, has died at his aquarium in Germany.

Staff at the Sea Life centre in Oberhausen were devastated to learn that he had passed away during the night. Octopuses, however, rarely live beyond two years and Paul was two-and-a-half years old.

Paul was awarded honorary citizenship of the Spanish town of Carballin, the mayor of the town, Carlos Montes, travelling to Germany to present the Oberhausen Sea Life aquarium with a silver plaque and a replica statue of its best-known cephalopod.

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