Steve Irwin killed by a stingray

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.

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  1. #1 by ThinGuy on September 4, 2006 - 9:02 am

    My girls all at one time or another loved the video he did with Wiggles. What a freak accident, I can’t believe it. I Feel really bad for his wife and kids.

  2. #2 by DiTucci on September 4, 2006 - 2:43 pm

    I have also swam with stingrays – off of Grand Cayman. It seems like such a freak accident. I wonder if the “swim with the stingrays” excursions will become less popular. My heart goes out to his wife and two kids… even though I still haven’t gotten over seeing Steve dangle his infant child near a crocodile.

  3. #3 by skrocki on September 4, 2006 - 3:13 pm

    I can only imagine how wildly popular the stingray excursions will become now…tho’ I’ll think twice before I approach them closely again.
    The infant dangling thing was surprising to me too. He broke the #1 law of nature that he talked so much about — you don’t @#$% around with a mother’s baby. She must have been livid with him.
    At any rate, I can’t imagine how delighted Steve must have been with the manner of his death. It’d be shame to see him die any other way.

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