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Paul, the World Cup "Psychic Octopus," Immortalized in Shrine

Photographers surround the monument of Paul the octupus at  Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany Thursday Jan. 20, 2011.The  two-meter-tall statue has been revealed for Paul the Octopus, the tentacled tipster who fascinated football fans by correctly predicting results at last year's World Cup. A spokeswoman for the Oberhausen aquarium, where Paul lived until he died three months ago, said Thursday the statue was erected because fans from around the world had asked for a place of remembrance for the psychic mollusk.  Tanja Munzig said the cremated ashes of Paul were placed in a gold-leaf-covered urn inside an oversized football that is part of the Paul monument. (AP Photo/Dapd/ Volker Hartmann)

Photographers surround the monument of Paul the octupus at Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany Thursday Jan. 20, 2011.The two-meter-tall statue has been revealed for Paul the Octopus, the tentacled tipster who fascinated football fans by correctly predicting results at last year's World Cup. A spokeswoman for the Oberhausen aquarium, where Paul lived until he died three months ago, said Thursday the statue was erected because fans from around the world had asked for a place of remembrance for the psychic mollusk. Tanja Munzig said the cremated ashes of Paul were placed in a gold-leaf-covered urn inside an oversized football that is part of the Paul monument. (AP Photo/Dapd/ Volker Hartmann)  (AP2011)

Paul the "Psychic Octopus," who grabbed the world's attention by predicting World Cup results, is now immortalized in an aquarium.

The shrine to the tentacled Walter Mercado will be at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen. It was unveiled on Thursday in an outsized memorial to the World Cup's most unlikely star: A 6 1/2-foot (2-meter) tall plastic replica of Paul clutching a ball in his eight arms.

Aquarium spokeswoman Tanja Munzig says Paul's cremated ashes were placed in a gold-leaf-covered urn inside the ball. Paul died three months ago, and Munzig says fans around the world had asked for a memorial.

Paul correctly tipped the outcome of all seven of Germany's games at last year's World Cup plus the Spain-Netherlands final. He made his predictions by opening the lid of one of two boxes, each containing a mussel and bearing a team flag.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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