Steve Irwin — aka The Crocodile Hunter — was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist and TV personality. He achieved worldwide fame from the TV series called “The Crocodile Hunter” (1996–2007).
“The Crocodile Hunter” is an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri Irwin. The couple also hosted the series “roc Files” (1999–2001), “The Crocodile Hunter Diaries” (2002–2006), and “New Breed Vets” (2005).
Steve and Terri also owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Steve Irwin’s parents in Beerwah, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the Queensland state capital city of Brisbane, Australia.
Steve Irwin death
On September 4, 2006, Steve Irwin was on location at Batt Reef, near Port Douglas, Queensland, taking part in the production of the documentary series “Ocean’s Deadliest”.
During a lull in filming caused by inclement weather, Steve Irwin decided to snorkel in shallow waters while being filmed in an effort to provide footage for his daughter’s TV programme.
While swimming in chest-deep water, Steve Irwin approached a short-tail stingray with an approximate span of two metres (6.5 ft) from the rear, in order to film it swimming away.
According to the incident’s only witness, “All of a sudden [the stingray] propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail. Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds”.
Steve Irwin initially believed he only had a punctured lung. However, the stingray’s barb pierced his heart, causing him to bleed to death.
The stingray’s behaviour appeared to have been a defensive response to being boxed in. Crew members aboard Steve Irwin’s boat administered CPR and rushed him to the nearby Low Isles where medical staff pronounced him dead.
Irwin’s death is believed to be the only fatality from a stingray captured on video.
Footage of the incident was viewed by Queensland state police as part of their mandatory investigations. All copies of the footage were then destroyed at the behest of Steve Irwin’s family.
Production was completed on “Ocean’s Deadliest”, which was broadcast in the US on the Discovery Channel on January 21, 2007.
The documentary was completed with footage shot in the weeks following the accident, but without including any mention of Steve Irwin’s accidental death.
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