Paul the psychic octopus has predicted that the Netherlands will lose to Spain in the World Cup final this coming Sunday, whilst his home team Germany will beat Uruguay in their face-off for third place.
The octopus has a record of 100% accuracy when forecasting every World Cup game that involved his national team. This included their loss to Serbia during the group stages and their semi-final loss to Spain that kept them from progressing to the final.
Based in the Sea Life Aquarium in the city of Oberhausen in western Germany, Paul's prediction was watched around the world, broadcast live in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. The prediction is carried out by Paul's choice when picking a mussel from two different containers placed in his tank. They both contain a mussel and one was plastered with the flag of Spain and the other with the Dutch flag.
Amid calls from German supporters to roast Paul with lemon juice as covered in this Digital Journal article
, the Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero promised state protection for Paul, which was reiterated by his environment and fisheries minister, Elena Espinosa, who promised to ask for a fishing "ban on Paul the octopus so the Germans do not eat him."
Rest assured, Paul will remain safe with his current owners, who received recipes from distraught fans the country over. "Paul has proven his mettle so far and there is nothing bad waiting for him round the corner if he gets it wrong," Sea Life's Tanja Munzig told reporters
As pointed out by others, Paul's record is not perfect - during the 2008 European Championship Paul was wrong in approximately 30% of Germany's games, one of which was their loss to Spain in the final.