Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Crikey He'll Be Missed!
The world has lost a true conservation icon and indeed a legend to a terrible accident. On Monday, September 4th of 2006, Steve Irwin, better known to the world as the Crocodile Hunter died. Steve Irwin rose to fame through his popular Crocodile Hunter documentaries that were aired on the cable channel, Animal Planet. Irwin was known for his risky encounters with some of the less lovable creatures such as saltwater crocodiles, venomous snakes and sharks. It was his mission in life to make people understand these dangerous predators and to help educate people to protect them and their habitats.
Steve Irwin had a passion and zeal for wildlife that is unmatched if you ask me. He was more than willing to put his own life on the line to protect those animals. And unfortunately, that is in the end what killed him. Those of us who have watched him over the years are probably not surprised that he died while getting up close and personal with wildlife. What is shocking to us all is no one expected him to be killed by what he was killed by. I always thought it would be either a snakebite or getting too close to a croc that would kill him. But believe it or not, it was actually a creature most people wouldn't consider to be a major danger that ended his life.
Steve Irwin was filming an underwater documentary off the coast of the Great Barrier Reef on stingrays. It would seem he was swimming above one when the stingray's tail hit him square in the chest causing it's poison barb to go into his heart. Though his fellow divers and the film crew tried to get him to help it was too late. He died en route to the hospital. Steve Irwin was only 44 and he leaves behind a wife and two children.
I was a huge fan of the Crocodile Hunter and I will miss him. I loved his enthusiam and zest for wildlife conservation. And in honor of you Steve Iriwin, I close this by saying CROCS RULE!