URL/News: 'Psychic' octopus predicts World Cup win for Germany

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    An octopus whose owners claim that it has psychic powers has 'predicted' that Germany will defeat England in the World Cup.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10420131.stm

    Allegedly, the octopus correctly predicted 80% of the results in the 2008 European Championship. The article includes film of Paul the octopus (a rather handsome specimen, if I'm any judge) making his pick.
     
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    URL/News: 'Psychic' octopus predicts World Cup win for Germany

    Thanks angus - agree, impressive specimen. FYI this is also posted in the ceph news feeds forum, and I tweeted the story as well! (follow us @cephs)...
     
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    Wonder what species he is, that seems quite long lived to be in such good condition! (OK maybe I'm a bit touchy cos we just lost Fred)
     
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    I was wondering the same thing.........did it say he was captive bred?
     
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    I think he is...I read an article saying Paul was born in 2006 in England. Presumably if they know the date of birth he was born in captivity. What's the life expectancy for this species in captivity?
     
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    I was reading an article that said he was raised from an egg in that aquarium. It was in an explanation to Peta as to why he couldln't be returned to the wild. He's always had his food delivered to him.

    Paul doesn't exactly look like a Giant Pacific Octopus - could he be a vulgaris.

    I hear he's going to predict the final game, even though Germany is not playing.

    Nancy
     
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    They call it a common which should be vulgaris but it is awfully small (especially if it is 2 - in itself odd). Since vulgaris is a small egg species I really wonder about the info given on the animal (it does look like a vulgaris but my guess would be 6 months old).
     
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    How can you even raise a vulgaris in captivity? Has it ever really been done?
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I assume you mean from a hatchling since this is the most kept and studies species in the non-hobby world. The last I could find on pelagic hatchlings showed success with a very tiny number (vulgaris was one of the two species mentioned in articles) but the information on the web about this one varies too much to have a clue.
     
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    Paul's information on Wikipedia keeps being updated. He is a vulgaris, born in 2008, supposedly raised from an egg.
    We need to contact Paul's Sea Life Aquarium and find out more how he was born and raised. I suppose that will be easier to do on Monday, when all of this World Cup excitement is over.

    And Paul did predict today's game correctly, too!

    Nancy
     
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    Don't depress me even further....
     
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    Must be the most famous octopus ever...
     
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    Paul wins!
     
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    ... and me, I had spain in the sweepstake for my workplace :)
     
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    And I'm having tako Sashimi...
     
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    Yes, if anyone does make contact with Paul's aquarium, and he was hatched from an egg in captivity, this would be news in the field of O. vulgaris, yes?
     
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    See number 10 above. From what I have read there have been multiple successes with vulgaris and one other species (cold water) raised in open flow tanks. Of the tens of thousands of eggs the reports showed success with little better than a handful for vulgaris and I don't remember hatch to benthic counts mention in the Chilean study (I do remember they used King Crab row as food though).
     
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