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

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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