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Fact of the Day: Common Octopus

Posted Mon, Jul 12, 2010 by MollyH to common octopus, Fact of the Day, invertebrates, paul the octopus

As you probably already know, Paul the Oracle Octopus maintained his perfect record this weekend, predicting World Cup victories for both Germany and Spain in their respective matches. So, in honor of Paul’s fine work, today’s Fact of the Day (or FOD) is about his species, the common octopus.

The common octopus is one of the smartest invertebrates in the world, with both a short and long-term memory.  When in a bind to escape a predator, this octopus can lose an arm and re-grow it later without any long-term damage.  (But I’d bet it’s not very comfortable and is something the octopus would rather forget!)  

For more octo-information (or information on your favorite fishy friends), check out Oceana.org/explore and check back tomorrow for another FOTD!


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Paul the Oracle Octopus

Posted Thu, Jul 8, 2010 by MollyH to Germany, paul the octopus, psychic cephalopod, soccer, world cup, world cup fever

We all knew cephalopods were smart. But who knew they were psychic? Paul the octopus has gained worldwide fame for his 100% accuracy in predicting Germany's 2010 World Cup matches.

Paul, who lives in the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, correctly foresaw the winner of each of Germany’s 2010 World Cup games, even when Germany lost to both Serbia and Spain. So far, during his entire career as the octopus oracle, Paul has only incorrectly predicted one game.  (In 2008, Paul incorrectly chose Germany to beat Spain in the UEFA European Football Championship finals.)


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