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Crikey! it’s death by stingray

September 4, 2006

stingraySomething tells me that “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin didn’t think he’d die by the barb of a stingray, but to me it seems a righteous death, however untimely.  He certainly tempted fate and probably knew he’d face death at some point during his various forays into recorded wilderness jaunts.

Have to say that I liked the guy and I’m really sad he’s dead.

Apparently the barb of a stingray sits above the tail, kind of resting there along the length.  The ray that stung our Aussie hit him right in the heart with a six inch barb, apparently hitting him right in the ventricle.  Wow!  What a way to go.  “It’s not the going in, it’s the coming out,” said a scientist about the barb’s lethality.  Serrated barb = excruciating pain.

Most of us don’t die such dramatic deaths.  But then, most of us aren’t Aussie daredevils with a serious love of the wild.  He was making documentaries when I was still pretty young, and he had that kind of compelling Aussie charisma (ahem) and bravado that made him popular.   And an uncanny connection to animals. We will all miss the man.

Nice obituary here.

Steve and his wife Terri, who is from Eugene, and his oldest daughter Binti.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2006 1:01 am

    Thank you for acknowledging that he was taking a big risk in doing what he was doing.
    All I read are things about his “shocking” death. The thing is, the man took many well documented chances, some of which were incredibly foolish (holding his infant close to an alligator, holding deadly snakes close to his face, grabbing various animals and stressing them out) so I don’t find it all that surprising he was greivously injured due to his own bad judgement. Only 2 other people have been killed in Australia from stingrays. They aren’t exactly vicious predators. This would seem to indicate that Irwin was in the worng, the stingray must have felt threatened, and reacted the only way stingrays can.
    I have grown tired of these so-called “conservationalist/animal lovers” (like that freaky little red-headed Brit who catches snakes on tv) who go into the wild and yank animals out of their hiding places. Seems so unnecessay. The animals is totally stressed out by this, the person puts himself, and possibly the camera operator, in danger, and no good purpose is served. They don’t do any research on them, they just fondle them for the camera (lots of fondling for the camera in every genre, really), and the shcok value of, “holy crap, that dude’s holding a 20-foot ling anaconda, he’s gonna get killed!”. This time it happened.
    I prefer the shows where the humans try not to interact with the animals, good ol’ time PBS stuff. They try to show you the animal in the wild, not interfering if possible.
    Anyway, my two-cents, and thank you for letting me express my opinion.
    And I do feel bad for his family.

  2. September 11, 2006 1:43 pm

    i agree with guffie…the nature shows i watched as a kid were as close to non-interferance as possible. of course, the very act of observation changes the object, but at least they did it with as little impact as possible. some of those films made you wonder just where the hell the cameraman was hiding…like when they’re watching tigers hunt or crocodiles sneak.

  3. Poppie permalink
    September 11, 2006 10:57 pm

    Oh Yes, I agree with “I prefer the shows where the humans try not to interact with the animals, good ol’ time PBS stuff. They try to show you the animal in the wild, not interfering if possible.”

    The fact of the matter is that the “wild” is shrinking – humans are over populating mother earth and alienating animals that were here millions of years before us. The fact of the matter is that they are starting to make frozen zoo’s of animal DNA because of the lack of land for some antelope.

    At least Steve was passionate about animals – my message – people should stop breeding…

    We should change our attitude!

  4. September 12, 2006 9:03 am

    i agree – people should stop breeding. please do your part.

    and, on a like note:

    “Dead stingrays with their tails cut off have been found in Australia, sparking concern that fans of naturalist Steve Irwin may be avenging his death.”

  5. TBC permalink
    March 15, 2007 2:11 pm


  6. jamia permalink
    March 29, 2008 9:57 am

    i am shocked that he had to die this way i also wish the best for his family keep up your dream or finish steves off

  7. March 9, 2009 3:41 pm

    hi people! i miss the dude too. bye!

  8. laura noszenko permalink
    April 6, 2009 6:10 am

    i agree with the rest of the world.

    i am amazing and sting rays are AWSOME 🙂

  9. Alyson Taylor permalink
    April 6, 2009 6:12 am


  10. Laura Noskenko permalink
    April 6, 2009 6:14 am

    i love him and the alyson person.
    is not acctualy heer, it’s a hackerrr!

    ps. i use to watch him on tv:)

  11. Andrew Murray permalink
    April 6, 2009 6:15 am

    i like men in and around ma mouth :D:D:D
    alyson is a poop nose

  12. alyson permalink
    April 6, 2009 6:21 am

    sorry about that
    i have a hacker that goes on my e-mail.

    my apoligiess.

    rip. steve

  13. Alyson tayor permalink
    April 6, 2009 6:39 am

    so sorry
    rip steve,
    you were my idol
    and always will be.

  14. Stuart Wheeler permalink
    April 27, 2010 9:38 am

    i like boys

  15. Stuart Wheeler permalink
    April 27, 2010 9:38 am

    im a homo erotic

  16. Stuart Wheeler permalink
    April 27, 2010 9:39 am

    i love when boys shove there dicks up my bumhole

  17. Stuart Wheeler permalink
    April 27, 2010 9:39 am

    i rape my sister, sarah

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