The 44-year-old television star and naturalist died around 11am (AEST)
on Monday when a stingray barb punctured his heart while he was filming a
nature documentary off Port Douglas in north Queensland.
As two of my kids woke up to get ready for their first day back at school
today, they were shocked to see that Steve Irwin, the ‘Crocodile Hunter’ had
been killed in an accident whilst filming a new documentary.
Steve Irwin was someone they had grown up watching and was instrumental for
their interest in wildlife much as in the same way that parents today would
have grown up with Johnny Morris (older older parents).
Steve was killed after a stingray barb pierced his heart in what seems to
be a cruel piece of bad luck. Had he been struck elsewhere it might not have
been so fatal. The fact that my kids were so shocked and saddened shows the
impact that he had on their lives in teaching them about wildlife.