CNN reports that Steve Irwin has died as a result of a stingray sting while filming an underwater documentary.


8 comments so far

  1. skjam on

    Ow. Straight to the heart.

    Well, at least it wasn’t a crocodile.

    Rest in peace, Mr. Irwin.

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      What’s particularly weird is that stingrays aren’t all that dangerous… it was a total freak accident, essentially: the stinger hit him just right.

      • bass_o_matic on

        He must have stuck his thumb up its ass to really piss it off…

        …South Park reference.. ;-)

        It’s a sad end. But to be honest, Irwin was right up there with Paul Hogan as one of Australia’s most cringe-worthy cultural exports. He certainly added to the perception that Australians were nothing but boof-headed, loud and generally unintelligent louts.

        • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

          Oh, I quite liked him, oversized personality notwithstanding. The man did great work raising awareness for conservation and ecology.

          Paul Hogan, I got no real use for. And besides, the Aussies I know best are Greg Norman and Aaron Baddeley. :D

          • bass_o_matic on

            The personality wasn’t really the issue for me – it was more the stupid things that he did on his television shows and at his “zoo”.

            Handling some of the most dangerous land snakes in the world, wrestling with a few hundred kilo’s of a reptile who’s purpose in life is eat and make little killing machines all the while uttering that awful phrase “Isn’t she a beauty!” just didn’t do it for me. It showed more of a lack of respect for the animal than anything else. Animals in the wild are wild animals. Leave them alone or they get pissed off and do things to you.

            I used to live up in the areas he used to go filming to molest the fauna – it doesn’t take much for a Taipan to get a little shitty. Unlike other snakes, this particular piece of work bites four or five times and injects the same amount of venom each time. Death in about 15-30 minutes if not treated promptly and correctly. I have seen kids out looking for snakes to do a “Crocodile Hunter” on. I never thought he was the best role model in that respect.

            That said, apparently this ray probably was just trying to get away from him and flicked it’s tail. Unfortunately for Mr Irwin, the barbs in its tail just happened to hit the wrong place…

        • soundwave106 on

          Wrong place at the wrong time, actually. Normally when stingrays sting you, they hit the foot or leg (because they basically crawl on the ground)… not strike the heart exactly. Guess the stingray was looking for stuff on a reef, Steve was climbing it, and he happened to do one of the few things that pisses off stingrays (stepping on them is the only thing I can think of).

          • bass_o_matic on

            Yes, definitely. I have to clarify that I feel for his wife and family – I am not a heartless bastard in that respect. I cannot trivialise how much loss his family must be feeling at this time, and for them, my heartfelt condolences.

            Bull Rays will actually arch their tails like a scorpion if provoked or feel threatened – I think that is what happened here. We may never see the footage of the incident ( I don’t know what it’s like over in the US, but they want to canonise him here ), but I think it was just one of those freak incidents that happen a lot but are never reported..

            In any case, it’s happened – I sort of wish the world would just deal with it. To be honest, I am sure that Mr Irwin would be pretty embarrassed with the amount of coverage that has been apportioned to it..

            I wonder if Colbert will have a segment… ;-)

  2. surakofb5 on

    From what they said on the news, it was kind of a freak accident. Scary, though. I went swimming with the stingrays at Grand Cayman a few years ago, petted them and everything, and they seemed harmless.

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