Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sad about Steve Irwin

I was sitting in the Atlanta airport after a flight cancellation and waiting to get home when I heard that the Croc dude Steve Irwin had been killed after a stingray barb to the heart. I felt tears come to my eyes as he was such a passionate lover of animals and really enthralled so many people. Having such a zest for life is a remarkable thing.

My thoughts then went to the fact that there are lots of dangerous things in this world and the lowly stingray is not high on the priority list. However, having seen the affects of a couple of ray/human interactions, I can say that it isn't a pretty sight. My husband was pierced through his calf by a ray barb which he indicated was painful beyond belief. Then, one of my biologists was pierced through the top of her foot and had to undergo skin grafting because of severe necrosis to the skin. She was out of work for about 4 months. In spite of all this, rays are pretty docile and generally hang out on the bottom eating crabs, clams and other shellfish. They scoot along the bottom and then settle down partially covered by sediment. That's why it's a good idea to be careful when walking in shallow water of the ocean. Slamming a foot into a ray barb would be a very painful thing. I'm just hoping that the rays don't get a lot of bad hype as being deadly. This was a freak accident, no different than having any sharp object pierce the heart. I had hoped for many more years of the Croc guy. Sadly, that won't be happening.


Anonymous said...

yeah, i was saddened too. his zest for life was infectious so to speak. i have a feeling his daughter is already following in his footsteps and it wont be long before she carries out his legacy. we need more people like that inthe world. *sigh* - yaenette

Michelle said...

When I heard of the death of the beloved Steve Irwin, I was greatly saddened. Just knowing he took a stab to the heart from that ray made me very angry and upset. I happened to be sitting in my submarine in the Atlantic when i heard the news. I thought-- that murderer stingray is out there somewhere.

Rest in Peace Steve Irwin<3
Steve-- just to let you know, i went after that stingray, and missed

Michelle said...

sorry i missed your birthday. The chickens must be shot sometime.

seeeeyou in FiOS