Following the passing of South Africa’s Paul the Octopus and the great success of Russia’s Achilles the cat, it looks like the U.S. has found its own ‘psychic’ animal capable of predicting World Cup champs.
Meet Nicholas, Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium bottlenose dolphin who is apparently no stranger to making sports predictions after successfully choosing France to beat Croatia in Russia’s 2018 final and the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2020 Super Bowl.
According to Telemundo Tampa’s affiliate T49, Nick has been making sports predictions since 2017 and has an impressive winning record of 16 out of 26.
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Nick’s most recent guess was for the 2022 World Series, where he correctly predicted that the Houston Astros would beat the Phillies.
The aquarium explained that for the 2022’s World Cup, Nick was presented with a choice of two flags, Argentina or France, outside the underwater lookout window in his habitat during his normal enrichment activities.
The flippery mammal then touched the flag through the glass, and in this case, he picked France’s “Les Bleus.”