Steve Irwin

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  • Steve Irwin the famous Australian naturalist, wildlife expert and television personality died today (September 4th). He was best known for the television program The Crocodile Hunter, an unconventional wildlife documentary series broadcast worldwide and co-hosted with his wife Terri. He was also owner and operator of Australia Zoo, in Beerwah, Queensland.

    Shortly after 11:00 am local time on 4 September 2006, Steve Irwin was fatally pierced in the chest by a short-tail stingray barb while diving in Batt Reef (part of the Great Barrier Reef), off the coast of Port Douglas in Queensland. The events were caught on camera and the footage is now in the possession of Queensland Police.[25] Irwin was in the area filming his own documentary, to be called The Ocean's Deadliest, but weather had stalled filming. Irwin decided to take the opportunity to film some shallow water shots for a segment in the television program his daughter Bindi was hosting,[26] when, according to his friend and colleague John Stainton, he swam too close to one of the animals. "He came on top of the stingray and the stingray's barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart," said Stainton, who was on board Irwin's boat at the time.

    I personally have disagreed with many of his antics such as feeding a crocodile with a one month year old boy in his arms along with some of the outragous antics he was involved with (only yesterday I watched him put an elastic band around a crocodiles mouth).

    On the other hand the man was fearless and genuine who did a lot to preserve wildlife and promote environemental conservation and for that he deserves a lot of praise.

    His death stunned me when I heard about it and it is no surprise to witness the outpouring of grief from many nations mainly his native Australia.



  • Hello Robbie. I also was shocked to hear about his death. My daughter loves him. I can always make her laugh with my impression of him. I always thought it would be a croc that would get him if anything did. It was just one of those freaky things that happen. Rays are timid, and they say that it was just the position of Irwin and his camara man that probably made the ray feel threatened, so it struck out. Too bad, he was great at bringing knowledge of wilflife into our livingrooms. I will miss his humor and his fearlessness. May he rest in peace.


    "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "

  • He was such a great ambassador for our country, so i'm a bit upset. And I feel sorry for Terri, Bindi and Bob. And also I've got a mate that works at Australia Zoo, so I'm wondering how she's taking it.

    R.I.P Steve.

    The youngest member of the JWMB! And proud Cowgirl!

  • I think Steve Irwin gained an international following with his passionate focus on wildlife preservation. Some of his antics were over the top, but that was his nature and there was never any doubt about his evironmental determination. He is greatly missed :(:(
    Jay :(

    Cheers - Jay:beer:
    "Not hardly!!!"

  • I too enjoyed Steve Irwin's antics in his documentaries. He was as good if not better than, Jim Fowler and Jack Hanna.

    Rest in Peace Steve. :(:(:(

    Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..

  • You know when something this unusual happens, I can't help but think his number was just up.

    May he rest in peace and may God have mercy on his soul.


    "I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the hell they please."

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    Originally posted by Kevin@Sep 5 2006, 03:54 PM
    nobody is promised tomorrow!

    Very, very true, Kevin.

    As a former Boy Scout, I strongly believe in their motto "Be Prepared" and so, I've already bought a very nice headstone for the wife and me, had it set where we'll be buried (ashes in my case), written our obituaries and delivered same to the funeral home that will handle disposal of our remains.

    Most people are loathe to even consider their own death but as a realist (or fatalist, if you prefer), I happen to believe that dying is just as natural as being born. You're born, you live and you die. It's as simple as that. And no, I don't think it's morbid to talk about such things.

    De gustibus non est disputandum

  • He meant allot to many people as the last couple days have shown. Mostly, for me, they brought us together once in awhile as a family as he had that knack to appeal to both young and old.

    RIP Steve, may god bless you and your family!!

    Life is hard, its even harder when your stupid!!
    -John Wayne

  • Stingrays will get you I got stung in the foot at Seal Beach here in CA. a couple years ago and it went right threw they also inject a venom much worse than a Bee the Life Guards threw me in there truck and made me submerge my foot in scalding hot water at the station to get as much venom out as possible extremely painful not to mention this Stingray that stung me was most likely much smaller than the one that stung Mr. Irwin however still able to kill you if it stung you in the right place also they will only attack if provoked I steeped on it. :cowboy:

    RIP Steve Irwin I wish your family well.


  • Steve Certainly had a global appeal as many nations have expressed sadness at his untimely passing.

    I certainly hope the good work that he was doing educating people about wildlife and the environment will not be forgotten and that somebody continues this very important work.