The ‘modern day Noah‘, as rightly said by RSPCA, an animal welfare organization, Steve Irwin, the charming Australian TV personality and a passionate conservationist has been pierced to death today, by a stingray barb while filming a documentary off north Queensland.
According to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, the accident occurred when the 44-year-old ‘Crocodile Hunter’ — as he was generally addressed — was filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Queensland state, as reported on its website.
It is a real irony for a person dealing daily with all manner of dangerous creatures … giant crocodiles, poisonous snakes, komodo dragons … to be stung to death by a much less obnoxious creature.
Famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchcry “Crikey’, Irwin probably died after the stingray strike to his chest, Queensland ambulance service spokesman Bob Hamil said.
Worked with Irwin when he was just 15, RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty, said,
He put his money where his mouth was…Other people talked about it, Steve did it…
His television series inspired millions of people all over the world to not only appreciate and understand wildlife, but to become active in the conservation movement.
Victoria Brims, a marine life expert from Oceanworld in Sydney said that the fatal stingray attack on the great wildlife icon may have occurred because the animal was startled or frightened!
He further explains that for a sting to result in death, it has to stung close to the person’s heart and also have a reaction to the sting.
A very emotional John Stainton, a good friend and producer of Steve Irwin’s Film Company, Best Picture said in a press conference today,
Today the world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest Dad’s on the planet. He died doing what he loved best, he left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind, he would’ve said ‘crocs rule.