As everyone probably knows by now Steve Irwin, better knows as the Crocodile Hunter was killed earlier today by a stingray. He provided many hours of entertainment and brought the idea of environmentalism to an MTV generation whose idea of a snake was a character from the computer game Metal Gear Solid. I had planned on visiting Australia Zoo during my trip to Australia, I still will but with Steve's untimely death I imagine it will be a sadder place.
It seems some how ironic that he spent so much of his life handling deadly snakes and wrestling crocodiles and in the end a stingray killed him, the last recorded death in Australia from a stingray was in 1945. But perhaps, in a way, he would have liked the idea, it was quick, he died doing what he loved and the crocs and snakes never won the struggle.
I hope he is in heaven with a grip on a dinosaurs tail shouting "Crikey, you're a beauty".