Ollie, a two-year-old male Giant Pacific Octopus, residing at the Resorts World Sentosa’s S.E.A. Aquarium predicted that France would defeat Croatia and be crowned the eventual winner in the global football Finals match.
Calling S.E.A. Aquarium home since January 2018, it took Ollie about 10 minutes on 12 July 2018 to decide his choice of winner. A highly intelligent marine animal with three hearts and nine brains, the octopus is known to possess a strong cognitive ability in solving problems and great dexterity in hunting for prey. Ollie’s eight tentacles contain close to 500 million neurons to touch, taste, explore and grip its prey.
A very sporting Ollie has jumped into the fray of the globally trending football fever and enthusiastically lent his prediction of the ultimate winner.
An acrylic maze was inserted into Ollie’s habitat with two pieces of fresh crab placed at two corners of the maze. Each corner was labelled with the country flag of the two competing finalist teams of the 2018 World Cup – France and Croatia. Shortly after, Ollie picked the crab from the side of the maze that carried France’s flag, deeming the 1998 champion to win the Finals again this Sunday.
The World Cup Final between France and Croatia will be screened live at 11pm on Sunday, 15 July 2018. Check out Ollie’s pick here.