Octopus picks Canada in Women's World Cup opener

By the Associated Press | June 24, 2011 | 12:29 PM EDT

The octopus Paul, called the small Paul, predicts the result of the opening match of the Women's Soccer World Cup between Germany and Canada by eating the first shell in Oberhausen, Germany, Friday, June 24, 2011. He choose Germany as the winner. The World Cup will start on Sunday and 8 different octopi in various German cities are competing to find a successor for the former octopus Paul who made predictions during the Men's Soccer World cup in South Africa in 2010 successfully. The octopi in Berlin, Hanover, Konstanz, Koenigswinter, Munich, Oberhausen. Speyer and Timmendorfer Strand will make predictions for all German matches and the winner of the final. The octopus with the most points will be officially named successor to the famous Paul. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

BERLIN (AP) — A German aquarium's new octopus oracle has gone out on one of her eight limbs by choosing underdog Canada to beat Germany in the opening match of the Women's World Cup on Sunday.

Konstanz Sea Life Aquarium's octopus Paula, an heir apparent to Paul, gave defending champion Germany no thought on Friday. She shot quickly into a tube marked with Canada's flag to grab a morsel of food in an event broadcast live on national television.

Paul, who died in October at Sea Life's Oberhausen aquarium, gained fame by predicting eight matches correctly at last year's World Cup, including Germany's run to the semifinal and Spain's victory over the Netherlands in the final.

Octopi at Sea Life's seven other German aquaria were divided in their picks for Sunday's match: Three chose Germany, one other took Canada and three made no choice at all.

The octopus with the most correct choices at the end of the nearly monthlong tournament will be anointed the next "official" oracle.