I just heard the super sad news that Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, was killed by a Stingray while filming ‘Oceans Deadliest’. Per a USAToday article he swam over a stingray in Batt Reef and the stingray’s barb pierced his heart.
Stingrays appear to be such gentle tranquil creatures. I’ve swam with them in the wild — I’m holding one in the picture in my blog header with my daughter on my back — Steve’s death is a good reminder that while close encounters with wildlife is amazing, it’s not to be taken lightly.
I remember the first time watching one of his shows and thinking what a lunatic he was, but I grew fond of him because of his love for protecting wildlife that wasn’t so easy to love.