She’s Blackpool’s answer to the octopus everyone was talking about four years ago, and this year Paula hopes to share in some of the fame.
Paul, the German octopus, made headlines during the 2010 World Cup by correctly predicting eight straight winners of the international football competition.
Now Paula, who lives at Blackpool’s Sea Life Centre, is hoping to take on the glory.
She has already proved her predictions are spot on, after correctly forecasting England’s Six Nations victory over Wales at Twickenham on Sunday.
Presented with a choice of tasty fish morsels in separate acrylic compartments, she went straight to the box labelled with the England flag, lifted the lid, extracted the fish and devoured it – all in a matter of seconds.
Blackpool Sea Life general manager, Jenn Newton, said: “She then helped herself to the other one too, but then went back to the England box and settled herself inside.”
According to the animal rights group PETA, Octopuses are among the most intelligent of all invertebrates.
They are capable of complex thought processes, have short and long-term memories, use tools and learn through observation.
Jenn and her team hope common octopus Paula will be the oracle of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and will be encouraging holidaymakers into the Sea Life Centre to see Paula along with a new octopus exhibition which features a Giant Pacific Octopus, cuttlefish and nautilus.