Farewell Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin

Steve IrwinI was having dinner in the kitchen when I overheard the news in the TV reporting that renowned naturalist and conservationist Steve Irwin has died after being stung by a stingray in the chest.

Rushing to watch the report, what I saw and heard saddened me very much. The ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin is dead. An excerpt from the BBC News website reports:

Australian naturalist and television personality Steve Irwin has been killed by a stingray during a diving expedition off the Australian coast.

Mr Irwin, 44, died after being struck in the chest by the stingray’s barb while he was filming a documentary in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

I’ve grown fond of Steve and his unconventional approach to exploring wildlife which I found not only very educational but also entertaining. Watching his show “The Crocodile Hunter” in the National Geographic Channel further inspired me to study Biology and even dream of becoming a naturalist like himself.

sting rayThe sting ray is member of the Dasyatidae family of cartilaginous fish, with about 70 species worldwide. They are related to sharks and can be found in tropical seas as well as fresh waters like streams and rivers. They have barbs on their tail coated with toxic venom hence their name. They are not aggressive animals and would only use their barbs in defence or when they feel threatened. Experts say that the sting is painful but the venom is rarely lethal and deaths, like Steve’s could result due to the trauma of the sting itself, sometimes measuring up to 20cm long. This is effect, is like being “stabbed in the heart” since Steve was struck in the chest.

In the wake of this tragedy, my prayers and condolences goes out to his family and I grieve along with the many fans he has worldwide. Indeed, the world has lost a great naturalist and agent of wildlife protectionism. An obituary for Steve Irwin, who died at 44 can be found here at the BBC website. Conversely, a Wikipedia page has just been setup in his honor and can be viewed here.

Farewell ‘Crocodile Hunter’ we will miss you.

8 Replies to “Farewell Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin”

  1. His death is a great loss indeed, especially to all those who have come to regularly watch and enjoy his nature programs.

    At least he died doing what he loved best, and his legacy and love for animals will continue to live on in the hearts and memories who came to know him and learn about wildlife through his shows.

    May he rest in peace, and may his family take small comfort in the fact that they are not alone in grieving his untimely demise.

  2. Read about it on Bernie J’s site, but couldn’t believe it.

    I like the guy. His zest and enthusiasm for what he did were his keys to a great success.

    I will miss him.

  3. to be stabbed in the chest by a stingray …. what are the odds? i guess the odds are higher if you spend a lot of time in the water, but it's still very unlikely. just goes to show that you never know when your time will come.

  4. oo nga, kababasa ko lang sa internet ng balitang ito.. 🙁

    we like his show.. too bad namatay sya..

    pero sabi dun sa article na nabasa ko, 'He died doing what he wants to do..' siguro nga its his time to go…

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