Paul, the octopus who correctly “predicted” the outcome of seven World Cup matches and the final, has been found dead in his tank in a German aquarium. PETA Germany has appealed to aquarium officials not to subject another intelligent and fascinating octopus to a life of confinement to a tank.
In the sea where they belong, these willowy, winsome creatures form relationships with other octopuses and communicate through color change and their skin texture. They are curious and like to decorate their homes with trinkets such as bottle caps and shells (“an octopus’s garden”). They are gentle and shy and try to avoid human contact.
Please learn to appreciate and respect these fascinating and sensitive animals instead of crisp-frying their tentacles and making sauce out of the ink that they use as a natural defense. To honor Paul, order a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit today for yourself or a friend. And here’s a fabulous faux-fish dish to get you started.
Written by Jennifer O’Connor