Monday, September 04, 2006

I thought he was bulletproof

Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter", was killed yesterday while making a marine film at Great Barrier Reef. He was attacked by a stingray... a stingray! This guy spends years hugging crocodiles and ends up getting killed by a stingray. The bizarre thing is that "while excrutiatingly painful, stings are rarely fatal", according to marine neuroscientist Shaun Collin. This one just happened to be in the right (or wrong) place at the right/wrong time, and its barb penetrated Irwin's heart. An inch or so higher and it probably would have been stopped by a rib.

Unbelievable. RIP, Steve.