Sunday, September 03, 2006

Steve Irwin


With great sorrow Queenslanders mourn the sudden death of STEVE IRWIN, our world-famous "Crocodile Hunter". He was apparently killed in a freak accident with a stingray. Many of us will remember seeing him as children either on the telly or in his shows at the Australia Zoo. Queensland will not be the same without him.

I photographed this playful fellow in Australia earlier this year. Stingrays are not natural enemies of humans, but they often hide themselves in the sand. Many accidents have occurred when unfortunate divers stepped on them. The stingray's barb is extremely powerful and can pierce wood. It secretes a poison that causes reduced blood pressure and possibly shock. How unfortunate to be struck in the heart!

11 Comments:

Blogger QUASAR9 said...

So you a Cosmologist
and your hobby Marine biology and underwater photography.

9:03 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Good training for future cosmonauts living in Antartica, and deep sea diving, breathing underwater

9:03 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Well Cupid's arrow
can be a poisoned dart too. lol!

But if you gotta go
what better way than be struck
through the heart
by a poisoned dart
from a Stingray

9:06 PM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

I'm so sad for his children. But they will grow up knowing that their father was brave and lived the kind of life he loved.

3:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it is a shame the Irwin died. I would have been a shame if he had died in a car accident. But it is really a shame that he died swimming too close to a creature which is normally not lethal to humans -- yet one that reacts instinctively to a moive cameraman and another person (Irwin) swimming quite close to it. His showboating got the better of him and defeated much of what he hoped to accomplish.

8:34 PM  
Blogger utenzi said...

Irwin's death was tragic. He was inspiring to watch and I wish he could have continued his work a great deal longer.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Health said...

Stingrays are not natural enemies of humans,
but they often hide themselves in the sand.

3:01 AM  
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