• Aquarium octopus chooses Edwards to win Coca-Cola 600


    CONCORD - On Friday Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium’s resident giant Pacific Octopus predicted Carl Edwards as the winner of the Coca-Cola 600 race.

    The octopus chose Edwards after picking the No. 99 car from five racecars lowered into her tank.

    The racecars, each corresponding with a top five driver in the current Sprint Cup Series point standings, were dropped inside of the octopus’ tank simultaneously. The octopus chose Edwards’ car by wrapping herself around it.

    “The giant Pacific octopus is a perfect creature to provide a competition prediction, as it is a highly intelligent creature,” said David Cochran, display curator at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord. “Octopuses learn quickly, and are even capable of opening jars and solving mazes.”’

    The Sea Life octopus is one of several octopuses to have made sports predictions. Paul, a fellow Sea Life Aquarium resident from Germany, acted as a FIFA World Cup predictor and correctly selected winners for 11 of 13 games.

    The Coca-Cola 600 race will be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord on Sunday. Fans can see if Sea Life’s octopus’ prediction is correct when the race begins at 6 p.m.

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