His eight arms trawl the seabed, feeling their way through the particles that stand around him.
His defence mechanism is ready to eject black ink, should he need to escape or protect himself from predators.
His camouflage is aided by specialised skin cells which are able to change colour and reflectiveness.
His keen eye sight and his excellently equipped suction cups make him alert and acutely aware of his surroundings.
But he is not an ordinary octopus.
He is special.
This octopus has special powers.
Powers which are above the limit of other, normal, octopuses.
His name is Paul and he is a physic octopus.
He predicts the future, or more to the point, the results for football matches.
He is tempted and tantalised by mussels.
He chooses his mussels wisely, for they hold the future and the fortune for the 2010 World Cup players.
He predicts outcomes and he is mocked and he is envied for his predictions.
He has correctly chosen his mussels and their consequences.
His success rate is one hundred per cent.
He is now ready to conquer the world.
He will predict great and wonderful things ahead.
What would you like Paul the physic octopus to predict for you?