Friday 27 April 2018

Euro 2012: Ireland team are squids in after octopus predicts win over Spain

Niamh Kirk

AN octopus who correctly predicted the result of last year's general election has backed Ireland to win their second group game against Spain tomorrow.

Two containers marked with the Spanish and Irish flags were dropped into his tank at the National Sea Life Centre in Bray to see which one Jules the psychic cephalopod would pick.

Octopuses can change colour according to mood, so when Jules turned bright red with flecks of light yellow it seemed he might be donning the Spanish colours. But when Jules approached the container marked with the Spanish flag he turned pale -- a sure sign he was upset.

He then swam directly towards the Tricolour-covered container and settled decisively on it for more than 10 minutes and began curling the ends of his tentacles, which his minders say he does when he is particularly happy.

"He went straight to the Spanish flag which could mean that Spain will start strongly, but he is predicting Ireland to win," said the octopus's minder Kathy Maguire.

Ireland are rank outsiders to beat the reigning world and European champions, with bookies offering odds of 10-1.

The supposed psychic powers of octopuses first hit headlines when Paul the Octopus, who lived in a tank in Oberhausen, Germany, began picking winners ahead of crunch matches in the 2010 World Cup.

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