Japan’s oracle octopus turned into sashimi

Japan’s oracle octopus turned into sashimi

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SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) – An octopus who successfully predicted all of Japan’s World Cup group stage matches has been killed and turned into sashimi, according to local media reports.

FILE PHOTO: Octopus are displayed for sale after an auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, September 9, 2006. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

The mollusc, named Rabio, chose the winners of Japan’s matches during an experiment in a paddling pool.

Despite gaining national attention for its success, however, the fisherman who caught Rabio, Kimio Abe, sent him to market before Japan’s third match against Poland.

The giant Pacific octopus had successfully predicted Japan would lose that match but he was unfortunately not around to see his prophecy come true.

FILE PHOTO: World Cup – Round of 16 – Belgium vs Japan – Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia – July 2, 2018 Japan fan looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Marko Djurica/File Photo

Abe added that another octopus will be used to predict future matches at Russia 2018.

“I’m glad all the forecasts turned out correct and Japan moved on to the knockout stage,” Abe told the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper before Japan’s loss to Belgium in the last 16.

“I hope Rabio’s successor will accurately tip the results of all games.”

Rabio is not the first oracle octopus to predict World Cup matches.

German invertebrate Paul the octopus correctly predicted six World Cup games in 2010.

Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by Hugh Lawson


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