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Memorial for tentacled tipster Paul

Published 21/01/2011 | 04:31

Photographers surround the monument of Paul the octupus at Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen
Photographers surround the monument of Paul the octupus at Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen

Paul the celebrated octopus has finally got his tentacles wrapped around a soccer ball.

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The Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, unveiled an outsized memorial to the World Cup's late and most unlikely star - A 6ft 6in 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.

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