Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, has died while filming stingrays at Batt Reef in Australia.

But after years of close shaves it was a normally harmless stingray which finally claimed his life on Monday, plunging a barb into the Crocodile Hunter’s chest as he snorkelled in shallow water on the Great Barrier Reef.


What a shame. One of the most knowledgeable nature show hosts on TV right now, and someone who actually contributed to wildlife rehab and conservation.

Still, if there’s any way Steve would have liked (and Terri would have expected him) to go.…

Well, at least he went out in style. No heart attack or traffic accident for HIM.

The herpers of my generation first became interested in reptiles through reading books by Clifford Pope and Ross Allen.

The herpers of the next generation have become interested in reptiles through watching “The Crocodile Hunter”.

(takes off hat and bows respectfully)

He had a good run.

what a shame indeed, he was the reason I purchased a snake for my 12 birthday, I shall miss him deerly.

My name is Alison Marcella Booth, and I am 12 years old. I have been watching Steve’s shows for about five years. I love watching his shows because he knows a lot about animals, and his shows are very educational. I feel so sorry to hear that he was killed. But as others have said, at least he died doing what he loved. I feel so sorry for his daughter/daughters because I know for one that it is very hard to lose someone you love, especially if it is a parent. Steve’s show is what got me interested in animal planet in the first place. Because of him helping me get to know animal planet, I am planning to become a vet when I grow up. If I could say something to Steve, it would be “Thank you for helping me find something (ANIMALS) that I am actually interested in.” I hope Steve’s family has a good life, and I am sorry to hear the news.

What a gracious and heartfelt testimonial. Thanks, Allison, for sharing your thoughts.

Alison : you’re not alone in how Steve Irwin influenced you. My friend Katelyn, who is 10, messaged me on the computer as soon as she heard about this yesterday, and we spent about an hour talking about how she loved his work (she lives in New Zealand).

She also plans on being a veterinarian, and my thought is that any human being that was lucky enough to influence two bright and capable people like you and Kate…well, that was a life well-lived.

I’m an Australian and Steve made it big in America before he was even known here, although well loved now. I’ve also know a lot of kids who were turned onto reptiles through his enthusiasm and love of nature and was a favourite of my kids. Australia is in a state of shock today.

Being this is PT, one thing I noticed as well. In the news reports where they show a montage of clips, Steve mentioned evolution and “millions of years” at least twice. Given his popularity with kids, I wonder how many deconversions from YEC can be attributed to him.

Horrible, horrible, horrible. That’s how I feel today about this news… I just don’t won’t to believe that someone with so much passion for life, and all those that are living, could have met such an untimely end.

It’s people like him with his passion and enthusiasm that motivate others to do good.

The world can’t afford to loose any Steve Irwins!!!!

This is a terrible loss and I grieve for his family, but I take heart hearing about all the lives he influenced for the better. May Steve’s spirit live on in those who take up the cause of responsible animal care and conservation.

Crocs rule! [raises wine glass]

My name is Joe and I’m a friend of Allison Marcella Booth. I am so sad to hear about Steve but at the same time I am grateful to hear that he had such a wonderful impact on my friend Allison. Steve managed to get a great mind and heart on the side of animals– Allison is that person – in that alone, Steve’s life was a great success. We pray for Steve and his family.

I generally conserve myself to being a lurker here on PT. First of all, I really appreciate PT and all the knowledge that has enlightened my once psudo-scientific mind. Secondly I want to thank PT for posting a piece here about Steve Irwin’s recent passing so that all of those who respected and loved this man for all of the work and knowledge he gave the world can share it with others who feel the same way. It is good for people to be able to show their respect for the Crocodile Hunter. I know he will be greatly missed.

The reason for my post is also to express my thankfulness to a man who lived life to the fullest. He gave us countless hours of entertainment while teaching wonderfull things about animals. Of all the dangers he faced, I must admit that I am most thankful that he didn’t go out in a horrible way (yes a stabwound is bad, but I think being bitten in half by a Croc, would have been more devestating).

So hats off to men and women like Steve, and to their families and loved ones that support their work.

Steve Irwin, you will be missed!

perhaps the big mistake was pulling out the barb. it is well known in trauma management when a person arrives alive in an emergency room with a foreign body embedded in a vulnerable part of the body the object is not removed until xrays or ct scan shows its exact position. frequently it tamponades the wound so that bleeding is minimalized. if it actually lacerated the ventricle removing it could have opened the floodgates so to speak.

Was there any choice in removing the barb? I assume that the stingray might be able to pull it out on its own, right?

the barb broke off in Steve’s chest, and according the the guy who was videotaping at the time, it was a reflex action on Steve’s part to reach up and pull it out.

probably the same reaction most would have.

It was just a freak accident, that’s all.

Still, the general advice to leave objects that cause penetrating traumas alone until a surgeon can take a gander is pretty good, regardless of whether it’s in your chest or your leg.

Well, at least he went out in style. No heart attack or traffic accident for HIM.

In a literal sense, it was a heart attack. I’d like to think he would have laughed at the irony.

Looks like the vultures came out with this one:[…]904irwin.asp

They stopped just short of literally saying that he’s going to hell, not because of his deeds, but because of his beliefs.


As the Klingons would say, he died well.

Ice: Thanx for the link. Wow, those AIG folks sure know how to work their obsession with death and punishment into just about any event, don’t they? Partying with that lot must be a blast…not.


(Sorry, nerd alert!) ;)

Condolences to all who have felt the loss of a true blue dinky di Aussie. Although i felt some of his ways were a little unconventional to say the least he has not only bought joy to many people through out Australia, and around the world, but knowledge of some of Australia’s and in dead the worlds animals both cuddly and dangerous. He taught us not to fear but understand wild animals and why animals do what animals do. He was a true ambassador for all living beings great and small and i for one learnt a things from the great man and will also miss him dearly. The WORLD is a lesser place from his death, but a smarter place because of his life. To his daughters, wife and parents if you should read this. Stand proud of what your father, husband and son has achieved, I know WE ALL do.

I recall a big tall TV western star, Clint Walker, who somehow managed to put the tip of a ski pole through his heart while skiing up at Mammoth.

IIRC, Walker managed to leave the pole in place until he received medical attention and, indeed, survived.

According to, Walker “was pronounced clinically dead, but one observant doctor noticed a sign of life; Walker was rushed into surgery and survived.”

From Tvguide search:

Confessions of the Crocodile Hunter Fri, Sep 8 04:00 PM ANIMAL 47

Ice Breaker Sat, Sep 9 03:00 PM ANIMAL 47 Steve’s Story Sat, Sep 9 04:00 PM ANIMAL 47 Confessions of the Crocodile Hunter Sat, Sep 9 05:00 PM ANIMAL 47

Confessions of the Crocodile Hunter Sun, Sep 10 12:00 AM ANIMAL 47

Confessions of the Crocodile Hunter Sun, Sep 10 10:00 AM ANIMAL 47 Steve’s Story Sun, Sep 10 11:00 AM ANIMAL 47 Greatest Crocodile Captures Sun, Sep 10 12:00 PM ANIMAL 47 Big Croc Diaries—Special Edition Sun, Sep 10 01:00 PM ANIMAL 47 They Shoot Crocodiles Don’t They Sun, Sep 10 02:00 PM ANIMAL 47 Confessions of the Crocodile Hunter Sun, Sep 10 03:00 PM ANIMAL 47

“Looks like the vultures came out with this one:…”

“What does the death of Steve Irwin mean for us? It’s a reminder that we all need to repent of our sin so that we can be saved for eternity”

I like how they imply that he’s in hell, despite probably knowing nothing of his beliefs other than his work in the scientific community.

Of course if he is in hell, the first thing he’ll do is wrestle the devil to the ground, wrap some elastic around his mouth, throw him in a pit and taunt him with a dead chicken. Then he’ll probably get bored and wander off to find a more interesting realm of the afterlife.

The image of Steve with a pinned down devil brought a smile to my face, thank you.

“Oooo, he’s a stroppy one!”

Yes – excellent, GP.

And now there are reports of retaliation against stingrays. What a sad legacy for Steve Irwin, that people who would take his passing hard enough to hurt would have learned so little of the lessons he tried to teach.

I swear, it will be something like this to eventually drive me over the edge and start taking a baseball bat to stupid people.

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