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STEVE IRWIN

Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, has been killed by a stingray while filming a documentary near Port Douglas. He leaves behind wife Terri and their children, eight-year-old daughter Bindi and two-year-old son Bob.

UPDATE. More from Tim Dunlop, Andrew Bolt, and readers:

AlphaMikeFoxtrot: “I was posted to Brisbane when Steve took over the family crocodile farm at Beerwah - well before he was famous and on TV. We used to take all our visitors from interstate to see him perform. He was just the same back then so you really did see the genuine article on TV.

“Living in North America for the last two years I was amazed at how well known and loved he was there. Very sad news. Thanks for the memories mate!”

Mr Snuffalupagus: “My brother in law lives just down the road from Steve and said that he was a lovely bloke in real life. He was just a sincere, nice guy. Just thought that some of your readers might like to know that.”

UPDATE II. A farewell from Singapore. And from Indiana.

UPDATE III. Coverage from the Bulletin, the SMH, the Herald Sun, the Age, the Boston Herald, and the Australian, which also posts a picture gallery.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/04/2006 at 04:31 AM
  1. Blimey. Bad news indeed. My condolences to his family and friends. A big character who will be missed.

    Posted by Simon Darkshade on 2006 09 04 at 04:38 AM • permalink

  2. Tragic! RIP, Steve; you’ll be missed, mate.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, particularly his kids. No kids should lose their dad at such a young age.

    :-(

    Posted by Mr Snuffalupagus on 2006 09 04 at 04:48 AM • permalink

  3. I wasn’t a fan. But I read the artcile linked to in a previous thread, and that would be as unpleasant a death as I can imagine.
    As Simon D says, condolences.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 09 04 at 04:50 AM • permalink

  4. Tragic that guy was honest in everything he did.  Australia will miss him.

    Posted by Anthony_ on 2006 09 04 at 04:56 AM • permalink

  5. Sincere sympathy to Steve Irwin’s family and friends.

    He was passionate about conservation and education, and deeply loved his wife and family.

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 04 at 04:56 AM • permalink

  6. He died doing something he loved. How many of us will do the same?

    Posted by phil_b on 2006 09 04 at 05:06 AM • permalink

  7. FWIW, my brother in law lives just down the road from Steve and said that he was a lovely bloke in real life. He was just a sincere, nice guy. Just thought that some of your readers might like to know that.

    Posted by Mr Snuffalupagus on 2006 09 04 at 05:07 AM • permalink

  8. As I wrote on another thread, the man was a great ambassador for your country.  I’ve seen children riveted, and inspired, by his performance.  Not a bad thing.

    He was a bit too much for me to take, but you could tell that he was passionate about his work and, so, died doing what he loved.  Not a bad way to go, that, though it is always shocking to lose someone in the prime of life.

    My sympathies to the country, and especially his wife and children.

    Posted by saltydog on 2006 09 04 at 05:12 AM • permalink

  9. Crickey! What a tragedy. He seemed to be someone who lived life to the full. He got too close to one wild animal too many, but what a way to go. Condolences to his family.

    Posted by pjw on 2006 09 04 at 05:13 AM • permalink

  10. Very, very sad news.  He was a great man and a great ambassador for Queensland.  Poor bugger.

    Many from my neck of the woods have been saying for years that Irwin was living on borrowed time.  Animals are simply too unpredictable and Queensland has some dangerous animals.

    Rays are extremely dangerous.  People seem to be amazed that he’s been killed by one. 

    I’m not (although I thought a croc or snake would get him first).  There is a good reason why I’ve ALWAYS cut my line when I jag a ray.  Some people like to bring rays to shore or on board the boat and when they do I make myself scarce.  My grandfather, whose left thumb was paralysed for 50 years from a stone fish sting, always made a big deal about how dangerous sea creatures were.

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 04 at 05:15 AM • permalink

  11. Bloody hell, there is no justice.

    Posted by rog2 on 2006 09 04 at 05:18 AM • permalink


  12. That’s absolutely uncanny! I was only thinking about him and his cockiness around animals this morning. I remembered a time he popped up amonst a group of lions in Africa and they all scarpered; he said he had an empathy with animals. Maybe with reptiles, but he’s not empathic with cats; his wife had to don the gloves and remove the feral cat from the trap! I was just thinking this morning that his “sixth sense” with animals might one day fail.

    Sorry to see him go, and from such a seemingly innocuous critter.

    Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 09 04 at 05:52 AM • permalink

  13. I was posted to Brisbane when Steve took over the family Crocodile farm at Beerwah - well before he was famous and on TV. We used to take all our visitors from interstate to see him perform. He was just the same back then so you really did see the genuine article on TV.
    Living in North America for the last two years I was amazed at how well known and loved he was there. Very sad news. Thanks for the memories mate!

    Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2006 09 04 at 06:07 AM • permalink

  14. Really sad when anyone leaves behind such a young family, but by god did Steve Irwin have a good crack at life.

    Posted by James Waterton on 2006 09 04 at 06:08 AM • permalink

  15. I tried to submit a comment just saying “Bugger” but was told several times “unable to receive your comment at this time.

    So let me try mixing it up with this other gumpf.

    “Bugger”

    Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 09 04 at 06:20 AM • permalink

  16. OK that worked - is there a naughty word suppressor genie somewhere in the works?  One that only can be bothered reading the first couple of words of a post?

    Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 09 04 at 06:21 AM • permalink

  17. I’m stunned that a guy so full of life and joy has died. My thoughts are with Terri, his children and his parents.

    Posted by Oafish and Infantile on 2006 09 04 at 06:30 AM • permalink

  18. Now I feel even better about having chomped my way through kilos of ray last time I was in SE Asia.  In Singapore they serve it with chili sauce and lime.  If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it.  Tasty indeed.

    Posted by HisHineness on 2006 09 04 at 06:33 AM • permalink

  19. Steve Irwin’s boundless energy and enthusiasm was as inspiring as the land and the creatures he loved so much. May his joy for life - with all its perils – and the memory of his big infectious grin live on in us all.

    Posted by splice on 2006 09 04 at 06:50 AM • permalink

  20. Ditto what splice said.  I only watched his show a few times, but he was a genuine original.  A big kid who never grew up.  Australia never change please.

    Posted by blerp on 2006 09 04 at 07:26 AM • permalink

  21. Shame, my family and I really enjoyed his shows.  Not that we’re really into reptiles or such, we just enjoyed the hell out of seeing a guy doing something he so clearly loved so much, there’s precious little of that in the world.

    Posted by Clubbeaux on 2006 09 04 at 07:29 AM • permalink

  22. Condolences to family and friends. No one can say the man lived a dull boring life. He did it his way. RIP Mr. Irwin.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 09 04 at 07:41 AM • permalink

  23. THIS SUCKS. RIP a total dude.

    Posted by Amos on 2006 09 04 at 07:50 AM • permalink

  24. The best and hopefully not the last, Australian right wing greenie. He cajoled, prodded, sweet-talked or did whatever he thought necessary to promote his passion for the understanding and welfare of our native fauna. But all in good humour and with not a hint of violence or the threat of it. A lot of organisations and religions would do well to take a leaf out of his book. RIP

    Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 09 04 at 08:19 AM • permalink

  25. Anyone see the bile in the comments of Tim Dunlop’s Blog, they are almost gloating over this.

    Posted by Anthony_ on 2006 09 04 at 08:22 AM • permalink

  26. Someone else’s bile can do nothing to the pleasure my family had watching him do what he loved. If they want to be sour & nasty, it only means they’re sour & nasty.
    RIP, Steve…

    Posted by Magic Hammer on 2006 09 04 at 08:40 AM • permalink

  27. He (or at least Australia Zoo) was a client of mine, and he really was nuts- completely manic, disorganised and unpredictable.
    I was dragged away from a funeral last year because he had two cheetah cubs turn up into Sydney from South Africa, with bugger-all documentation and no quarantine vet organised; five hours on the ‘phone later they were at their new home at Beerwah.
    Unfortunately thanks to Steves notoriety, Americans all think we are hyperactive Jungle Jims in King Gee khakis who spend most of our time annoying ill-tempered venemous wildlife.
    BTW Murph- stingray flaps are delicious; probably 90% of the “sea scallops” you get have been chopped out of a ray with a sharpened plug spanner.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 09 04 at 08:43 AM • permalink

  28. Americans all think we are hyperactive Jungle Jims in King Gee khakis who spend most of our time annoying ill-tempered venemous wildlife.

    You say that like it’s a bad thing, Habib…

    Posted by Carl in N.H. on 2006 09 04 at 08:49 AM • permalink

  29. He really was a gem of a guy wasn’t he? What an entertainer!! The sort of guy who lights up all those around him. Geez he’ll be missed.

    Yes Anthony #26, I foolishly followed the link to Tim Dunlop’s site after reading your comment. The people there appear to be the exact opposite of Steve Irwin don’t they? What a dull existence they must lead.

    Posted by WhoCares on 2006 09 04 at 08:55 AM • permalink

  30. Sad loss for our viewing family.  I’ll have to break the news to my 10-year old daughter which won’t be easy.  He is pretty ubiquitous here on television.

    #28 Habib:  We don’t think you are “hyperactive Jungle Jims in King Gee khakis.”  Rather, we envision Crocidile Dundee.

    :)

    Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 09 04 at 08:56 AM • permalink

  31. “Americans all think we are hyperactive Jungle Jims in King Gee khakis who spend most of our time annoying ill-tempered venemous wildlife.”

    Which would be a totally unjustified stereotype, an egregious slur on our great nation.

    Most of us prefer the navy blue King Gees.

    Posted by Wally on 2006 09 04 at 08:57 AM • permalink

  32. Have been watching a bit of the coverage of the news here in Oz as well as on CNN and BBC world and I have to say I think they are overplaying the controversy he was alledged to have stirred up… 

    Yes taking his baby boy in the croc pen did raise a few eyebrows, but it was one tiny event in a 44 year life filled a lot fuller than most people will ever attempt…

    And yet the news reports are all giving almost equal attention to his environmental exploits and love of life as to how “controversial” he was suppose to be…  I mean give me a break…  They have to spin in their little take on a story to spice it up a bit…

    Posted by casanova on 2006 09 04 at 09:01 AM • permalink

  33. Habib

    True.  I’ve eaten them.  They’re delicious.

    That doesn’t mean that I’ll ever let one of the bastards near me.

    A few years back I was fishing waste deep in the Fraser passage with my Pommy brother-in-law*.  Anyhow, the brother-in-law gets a massive bite on his line.

    Straight away I yell “I reckon you’ve got a ray, let me cut the line!”.

    He was a whinge and says “No.  C’mon.  Let me see him.”

    So, he fights for the next 10 minutes, bringing it in closer and closer.  Then I see the flash of the tail.

    With sense of relief I call out “It’s cool.  You’ve only got a shark.  Bring him in!”

    At that point the bastard wades past me, hands me the rod and heads for the shore.  Absolutely friggin hilarious.

    BTW, it was a 4ft shovel nose shark - no danger at all.

    *idiots

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 04 at 09:03 AM • permalink

  34. I am so sorry to hear about Steve Irwin’s death.  His wife and young children will be in my prayers.  I’ll never forget when he first began appearing on t.v. here in the states.  It was all anyone was talking about.  My whole family loved watching him.  He will definitely be missed.

    Posted by ladcraig on 2006 09 04 at 09:04 AM • permalink

  35. #6 What Phil_b said. Steve was a big, lovable, goofy guy who did what he wanted to do. We’ll miss him. The exchange with Andrew Denton (from the Bolt link above) is priceless.

    Posted by paco on 2006 09 04 at 09:09 AM • permalink

  36. Steve did mote for Australian tourism then any other single person. The man truly loved his country. My condolences to his family, Terri and the kids. RIP

    Posted by swassociates on 2006 09 04 at 09:09 AM • permalink

  37. My daughter who is a marine biologist on a dive boat here in Port Douglas has been stunned by Steve’s passing as she worked at Australia Zoo for a number of years. She also made a lot of friends during that time and last weekend met up with some of the crew from Steve’s croc boat which they had motored here from the Sunshine Coast in preparation for the filming on Batt reef.

    I believe they assisted in the recovery of Steve and then motored to nearby Low Islands for the transfer to a helo.

    Seems ironic that he died from contact with a sea creature when the zoo has only land animals. I cannot recall of any deaths from a stingray barb, only the occasional jab in a limb and this is usually a defensive reaction.

    RIP Steve.

    Posted by Spag_oz on 2006 09 04 at 09:10 AM • permalink

  38. spag_oz

    Growing up in QLD, my grandfather was a keen fisherman.  He and his mates would tell me anecdotes about rays being able to strike with great accuracy at the chest.  I’ve been shit-scared of rays all my life because of this.

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 04 at 09:15 AM • permalink

  39. I’d like to think he went in a way he would be chuckling at.

    As a diver, I’m doubly shocked.

    My sympathies to his familly.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 09 04 at 09:25 AM • permalink

  40. Steve Irwin was a showman. He was also an honest and enthusiastic naturalist. That made him an educator. It also made him a part of a Queensland tradition that included this man and also this man.

    David Fleay, Alex Griffiths and Steve Irwin. Between them they raised a greater knowledge of Australian wildlife than all of the Greens and academics put together.

    They were also businessmen. This is how they earned their living. They were not on the public payroll and naturally that earned them the contempt and spiteful animosity that survived even their deaths.

    Fleay, Griffiths and Irwin. Irwin is now dead so young and I know of no successor.

    I am privileged to have met all three. May they be remembered in honour.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 09 04 at 09:31 AM • permalink

  41. Sky News interviewed a marine biologist from the Sydney Aquarium on the phone earlier. She said that lots of people get stung, but they tend to survive and that this is only the third death by sting-ray in Australia’s history.

    RIP Steve.

    Posted by heethcliff on 2006 09 04 at 09:33 AM • permalink

  42. Rest in peace Steve.
    My thoughts and prayers for his family.

    He was a gutsy, enthusiastic, funny guy who loved God’s creatures.

    Posted by Mike_W on 2006 09 04 at 09:36 AM • permalink

  43. I wonder if we could bring back Alby Mangels, whether he could fill the big boots and King Gee’s left vacant by Steve???

    Posted by casanova on 2006 09 04 at 09:40 AM • permalink

  44. RIP. Steve.  This cynical old man shed a bitter tear at the loss of one of the world’s truly great guys.

    Posted by Jeffersonian on 2006 09 04 at 09:48 AM • permalink

  45. I’m sure Bob Brown has passed on his condolences, I’ve probably just missed it.

    For US readers Bob Brown is a Senator, leader of the Greens and self appointed numero uno Australian environmentalist. And not the sort of bloke you’d like behind you if you dropped the soap whilst showering. I’m sure you’ve heard much more of him than Steve Irwin. Not.

    Maybe he’s having difficulty putting pen to paper because of the little jibe Steve had at him some years ago. Bob was ejected from a unique joint sitting of the Australian Parliament when he displayed his ignorance by interjecting during an address by the President of the US. A TV reporter asked Steve for his thoughts on this -

    Richard Wilkins: What did you think of Bob Brown’s outburst in Parliament?
    Steve Irwin: Oh Crikey mate, he needs to be taken out the back and given a good belting. (laughs)
    - Today Show, Channel 9, 24 October 2003

    Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 09 04 at 09:50 AM • permalink

  46. I don’t know if this ever ran in Oz, but a few years back Steve Irwin did this Fed Ex commercial in which he humorously anticipated his end.

    Posted by SWLiP on 2006 09 04 at 10:18 AM • permalink

  47. First Harriet the tortoise, now Steve.  It’s a sad day.  And I see they’ve already updated wikipedia, not just Steve’s article, but also the article on stingrays.

    Posted by DeliLama on 2006 09 04 at 10:29 AM • permalink

  48. No SWLiP #47, we haven’t seen that ad before. Funny and poignant. Kinda sums up the situation. Maybe even sums up this bloke’s life.

    Thanks.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 09 04 at 10:32 AM • permalink

  49. Rest in Peace Steve Irwin..
    Salt water wells in my eyes.

    Posted by crash on 2006 09 04 at 10:50 AM • permalink

  50. Sincere, kind-hearted, fearless.  Irwin radiated these characteristics.  Australians could do worse for an icon that foreigners project on to the nation as a whole.  In contrast, Americans tend to think of some Europeans as phony, nasty, and cowardly.

    Posted by Larry G on 2006 09 04 at 10:55 AM • permalink

  51. Before Steve Irwin, all I knew abnout Oz’s animals were kangas and koalas.  Now I know about the crocs and snakes and such, as well.

    Avoid Dunlop’s sneering commentators.  They’ll never live their lives as fully as Steve Irwin did his.

    Posted by ushie on 2006 09 04 at 11:02 AM • permalink

  52. Such a loss to his family, to whom I extend my deepest condolences.  I wasn’t a huge fan of Steve (reptiles ain’t my cup o’ tea by any means), but I certainly enjoyed his passion and humor.

    Vale, Steve Irwin.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 09 04 at 11:39 AM • permalink

  53. More than a few people in Oz might have been a bit embarrassed with how he sometimes carried on and wish he would tone it down a bit with some of the antics he got up too…

    I guess you don’t what you’ve got sometimes, till its gone…

    Posted by casanova on 2006 09 04 at 11:50 AM • permalink

  54. Condolences to Steve’s family.  My brother-in-law worked with him briefly on a television project and said that he was a genuinely nice guy and that his boisterous on-camera persona was no act.  Steve also made a hilarious commercial for ESPN’s Sports Center where he wrestled the Florida Gator Mascot.  RIP Croc Hunter.

    Posted by Polish Frizzle on 2006 09 04 at 11:53 AM • permalink

  55. My condolences to his family and friends.

    Wow. This upsets me more than I though it would. So sad.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 09 04 at 11:57 AM • permalink

  56. Hey Aussies, with this news suddenly I’m seeing the word “larrikin” everywhere. What’s that mean?

    Posted by Supercat on 2006 09 04 at 12:15 PM • permalink

  57. larrikin

    a happy go lucky, boisterous type

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 04 at 12:19 PM • permalink

  58. larrikin - friendly, cheeky, loud, irreverent

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 04 at 12:20 PM • permalink

  59. Larrikin is a good sort, someone whose antics made you laugh…  Got up to things and got away with things etc…  I’m sure someone can find a proper definition somewhere…

    Posted by casanova on 2006 09 04 at 12:20 PM • permalink

  60. My family was very sorry to hear the news. Steve Irwin was a great guy. Here’s why:
    1. He was one of the only celebrities that I can stand. Most of them are airheads who are always involved in some sordid scandal. Steve was a celebrity but looked like a regular guy. Someone I could have a beer with.
    2. He really made you care about the animals. He showed how they were part of the ecosystem; made you care about nature in a way that all the eco-scolds never could.
    3. He was a great spokesman for Australia. My family wants to visit Australia mostly because of the views we saw on his show. And he was such a friendly, happy-go-lucky type. Extremely likeable.

    RIP Steve.

    Posted by Merlin on 2006 09 04 at 12:40 PM • permalink

  61. You know what?  I’ve suddenly got all pissed off about this.

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 04 at 12:48 PM • permalink

  62. RIP Steve.  You have been the embodiment of the sort of live life to the fullest Australian many people envision and admire.

    Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 09 04 at 01:14 PM • permalink

  63. #52 ushie

    Avoid Dunlop’s sneering commentators.  They’ll never live their lives as fully as Steve Irwin did his.

    Those puny “I have a right to taxpayer handouts” Revolutionary-wannabes never will; they’re frightened of their own shadows.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 09 04 at 01:24 PM • permalink

  64. Steve Irwin did a lot to raise awareness of Australia in the United States. He was an ambassador for your country, whether Australians knew it or not. While I know he had detractors due to his methods, I never felt that he was anything but genuine. I deeply saddened by his loss and my condolences go to his family.

    Posted by Tomi on 2006 09 04 at 01:27 PM • permalink

  65. BTW, at least a couple of Dunlop’s commenters objected to the sneering. Good for them.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 09 04 at 01:30 PM • permalink

  66. I thought the world of Irwin. He was one of the Australian greats of his generation. Really sad news.

    Posted by C.L. on 2006 09 04 at 01:32 PM • permalink

  67. For all that I’ve said that I wouldn’t be suprised when this happened, well, color me suprised. How many times have we tuned in to see him saying something like, “Innt she a beaut? This is a Taupe Mamba, the 5th most poisonous snake in the world. I’m gonna grab ‘er by the tail and use ‘er as a whip to herd this pack o’ stroppy crocs into a pen!” and pull it off without getting himself or anyone else killed. I guess I begain to think he was as invincible as he seemed.

    RIP, Steve. We’ll not see your like again!

    Posted by Cybrludite on 2006 09 04 at 01:39 PM • permalink

  68. Steve will be fondly remembered by most Australians. He seemed to live his life with a passion. He successfully packaged his antipoedean experiences and skills and won the interest of US and international markets. He was also a risk taker. A naturalist killed by a fish, he will achieve a well deserved legend status in Australia. I expect that the Australian federal or Queensland government will surrender to popular sentiment to give him an almost State Funeral.

    Posted by Geoffrey MG on 2006 09 04 at 01:59 PM • permalink

  69. RIP Steve.  My husband and I (in the US) hate to hear of this loss.  We both loved watching him and found him to be very endearing.  Our sincerest condolences to both Australia and Steve’s family.

    Posted by Isobella on 2006 09 04 at 02:23 PM • permalink

  70. Tomorrow’s lead in The Australian:

    Israeli Airforce Kills Steve Irwin with a Drone/Apache Launched Torpedo
    - by Martin Chulov with StefanK

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 04 at 03:03 PM • permalink

  71. My brother called me this morning from North Carolina to ask if I had heard about Steve Irwin.  He was so upset. 

    I once read an article where Russell Crowe was talking abuot Steve.  He said that a lot of Australians didn’t like him b/c of the image he portrayed.  I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that I think that Steve Irwin did y’all proud.  That’s why so many Americans liked him (and Australia).  You seem like we used to - vivacious, down-to-earth, full of life.  If this isn’t so, please don’t burst my bubble.  Steve Irwin will be missed.

    Posted by ladcraig on 2006 09 04 at 03:06 PM • permalink

  72. This is insane. I wasn’t a huge fan, but I thought he was a nice guy and was doing such great work to help save animals. Just can’t believe he’s gone, I thought it was a joke at first….

    Posted by sk on 2006 09 04 at 03:11 PM • permalink

  73. ladcraig

    Alot of Australians found Steve a bit cringeworthy when he first started out.  We thought it was a bit of a put on.  Our mistake.  The fella was fair dinkum.

    As for Crowe - now that’s a knob head.

    Posted by murph on 2006 09 04 at 03:13 PM • permalink

  74. Crikey!  I loved that guy.  You knew he wasn’t going to die of old age, though.

    Posted by Randal Robinson on 2006 09 04 at 03:48 PM • permalink

  75. Well I dunno about stereotyping but I’m 44, live in Nth Qld and wear khaki King Gees as my daily uniform and have done for many years. Like Murph I’ve had a few close encounters with big rays, moray eels, sharks, snakes, crocs etc. However with my military background I’m more the type to skull drag ‘em in and bludgeon the bastards! Before releasing them back to the bottom of the food chain.
    Larrikin?
    What dinkum Aussie isn’t?

    A good mate’s little brother was killed by a stingray barb to the chest a few years back and later died in his father’s arms in hospital.
    I also have my own wee kiddies so I sincerely feel for his family.
    A bonzer bloke Steve, a cult of personality whom no-one will be able to replace.
    RIP mate.

    Posted by 81Alpha on 2006 09 04 at 03:48 PM • permalink

  76. There’s a nice tribute over at Ace of Spades; scroll down to the post on Steve Irwin and read the extended post.

    Posted by paco on 2006 09 04 at 03:49 PM • permalink

  77. Today’s Irregular Webcomic, which has been poking gentle fun at Steve Irwin for severl years, on Steve Irwin’s death.

    Posted by Warmongering Lunatic on 2006 09 04 at 03:56 PM • permalink

  78. Hutton provides his usual unique insight. I particularly liked this line: “His death is especially tragic when you consider how many people there are on TV who deserve to be attacked by stingrays.”

    Posted by paco on 2006 09 04 at 03:56 PM • permalink

  79. Two icons of Australia Zoo have passed this year. Both were unique and can never be replaced. Steve Irwin, one of the greatest conservationists of our time, and Harriet, the Giant Galapagos Tortoise, the oldest captive animal ever, that passed a couple of months ago at the zoo. Steve cared for the Tortoise as if it were a member of his family, just like all the other zoo residents. I went to Australia Zoo in 2003 and got to meet both. A memory I will carry forever.

    Posted by swassociates on 2006 09 04 at 04:19 PM • permalink

  80. Meet Harriet

    Harriet The Galapagos Tortoise At Australia Zoo

    Posted by swassociates on 2006 09 04 at 04:25 PM • permalink

  81. 33 casanova

    Have been watching a bit of the coverage of the news here in Oz as well as on CNN and BBC world and I have to say I think they are overplaying the controversy he was alledged to have stirred up…

    The only thing those kind do and do well, IS major in minors.

    AND please..whether one agrees or disagrees with what Mr. Irwin did, we have all (at least I think all…I know I have) accomplished things in life, that raised eyebrows…BUT that is over and done with.

    The man is dead for Christ sakes, leave him be, leave his family and friends be and allow them to grieve their loss.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 09 04 at 04:50 PM • permalink

  82. bring back the bush tucker man.

    Posted by stink foot on 2006 09 04 at 05:07 PM • permalink

  83. #31 Kathy from Austin: 

    Sad loss for our viewing family.  I’ll have to break the news to my 10-year old daughter which won’t be easy.  He is pretty ubiquitous here on television.


    Here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, the NBC affiliate uses (used?) a caricature bobblehead of Steve Irwin in a plea to the public to check out “our family friendly programming.”  So there you go:  Steve Irwin was a symbol of family-friendly programming.

    and:

    ...we envision Crocodile Dundee.

    Yes.

    Posted by reese on 2006 09 04 at 05:31 PM • permalink

  84. Re #26

    Can’t say I had a strong opinion about Irwin one way or the other before this tragedy, but am always inclined to admire someone successful enough to provide employment for 360 or so people.

    Some Australians found his manner over the top, but he reminded me of people I know from the outback who have an open and optimistic attitude and use phrases that have fallen out of favour in the big smoke.

    However my admiration for him went upwards on viewing a repeat of an interview with him on Enough Rope last night.

    The interview - which I am pretty sure is recorded in inner-city Sydney - was peppered with sniggers and people laughing at him every time he made one of his trademark theatrical statements. Everything about him, including his dress, (imagine not wearing black!) was clearly alien to this highly sophisticated audience.

    Other guests on this show, such as Helen Caldicott, have been treated with a great deal more respect, while all the time shovelling out a whole truckload of paranoid bullshit.

    Anyone who is not part of this crowd, and doesn’t care to be, gets my vote of confidence.

    RIP Crocodile Hunter

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 09 04 at 06:22 PM • permalink

  85. Council of Australian-Stngray Relations issues media statement:

    We Fear Backlash

    “Stingrays around Australia condemn this most terrible incident by rogue elements in the stingray community.

    “Stingrays support peaceful co-existence and have integrated well into Australian society.

    “Already we have report of non-Stingrays chasing, abusing and ripping off of tails of Stingrays.

    “Of course, this is a terrible incident. But Mr Irwin did invade our territory…”

    Posted by Apparatchik on 2006 09 04 at 07:31 PM • permalink

  86. My daughter asked the missus and I if we’d hold hands and say a special prayer for Steve and his family after dinner last night.

    Full of surprises, that little one.

    Then she went to her labelmaker, printed out “Steve”, and ceremoniously affixed it to her insect house where a huntsman we caught last week is temporarily residing.

    (strict catch-and-release policy in our house)

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 09 04 at 07:51 PM • permalink

  87. Ok, I’ll bite:

    #76 81Alpha:  what in the blazes is “dinkum” and “bonzer?”  From past and todays posts I have “Larrakin” down, but please on the others??


    #84 reese:  I’m with you.  Thanks for correcting pre-coffee Labor Day misspellings.

    Steve Irwin, RIP.

    Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 09 04 at 07:59 PM • permalink

  88. #88 Kathy, “Dinkum”, IIRC, comes from the Gold Rush days down here. I’ve heard it’s either from Lincolnshire dialect for “hard work” or from the Chinese for “genuine”.

    Not sure which is accurate. Help?

    Whichever etymology, it means “genuine, honest”.

    In the interrogative, it’s roughly equivalent to “No shit?”

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 09 04 at 08:09 PM • permalink

  89. dinkum: honest

    bonzer: good (really bloody good)

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 04 at 08:10 PM • permalink

  90. “Fair dinkum?” = “No shit?”

    pimf.

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 09 04 at 08:11 PM • permalink

  91. #88

    what in the blazes is

    Kathy, now you have learnt the language you must visit!

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 04 at 08:12 PM • permalink

  92. #89. Yairs, the explanation I’ve carried for ‘dinkum’ is that it’s from the hokkien chinese for “real gold?”.

    Posted by Olrence on 2006 09 04 at 08:12 PM • permalink

  93. I’m very sorry at the news of Steve Irwin’s passing.  He seemed like such a cheerful, happy guy, the kind you can’t help but like.  My condolences to his family.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 09 04 at 08:18 PM • permalink

  94. I just wish I had Steve Irwin’s passion about….. well ..... anything!  Elvis was sad, Princess Di was sad, but Steve Irwin has been the only one I’ve had a little snivel over.  R.I.P

    Posted by TonyD on 2006 09 04 at 08:21 PM • permalink

  95. MentalFloss,

    Daughter and son included Steve and family in dinner discussion and prayers.  It seems to me that he was perhaps a bigger item in the States than in his own country.  He was on Animal Planet and I recall gathering 8 or so 2nd graders to see his movie (not great, BTW, but the kids loved it). He represented a free, kindly spirit who passionately lived what he believed in.  In many ways, the spirit of America many years ago.

    Interestingly enough, Austin Bay is pretty cynical about the death of the Crocodile Hunter.  Surprising, considering Austin Bay has spent his life confronting dangerous situations.

    As for our house, tonight we salute Steve Irwin and wish for the best of his family.

    Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 09 04 at 08:26 PM • permalink

  96. Here’s one Stingray I wouldn’t mind cashing my chips.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 09 04 at 08:29 PM • permalink

  97. Steve should have been using a very good sunscreen, they keep out harmful rays.

    Posted by norian on 2006 09 04 at 08:30 PM • permalink

  98. Thanks, MentalFloss, KAE and Olrence for the translation.  I PROMISE when I visit OZ I will learn the language.  Unlike your other guests who do not.

    :)

    Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 09 04 at 08:31 PM • permalink

  99. Gidday Kathy,
            Those translations are correct.
    When I visited the US last year your mob treated us like long lost rellies. I was getting stopped in the street and asked if I was an Aussie and when I replied “too right” well you’d swear I had two heads and both were handsome.
    Boy we were made to feel welcome. I had more beers bought for me than I could count but luckily I upheld the honour of our great country and drank the lot whilst holding forth with prolific use of the vernacular!
    ‘Tis true we drew a bloody crowd in Washington.
    When we were in France I used the expression ‘tres bonzer’ to great effect.
    Contrary to my earlier misgivings the Frenchies also treated us like Kings…...again with the beer and the fine sheilas.
    For some reason the accent seemed to hold ‘em in a trance.
    Dinkum I tells ya.

    Posted by 81Alpha on 2006 09 04 at 08:51 PM • permalink

  100. Olrence, that’s the one.

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 09 04 at 09:01 PM • permalink

  101. This was a guy who started at age four, when his parents gave up their well-paid professions to follow their passions and started a game park in Australia - basically, he was a born showman.

    I have three kids who grew up watching Steve regularly - through every re-run, every show - and who are far better for having done so.  One will very likely end up in a related profession as a result of having watched someone who obviously loved their work and their life so much.

    Our junior high put on a quick announcement/memorial today.  Haven’t seen so many “tough” seventh and eighth graders with damp eyes for a while. We should all have his enthusiasm and his passion.

    Posted by bobby B on 2006 09 04 at 09:19 PM • permalink

  102. As I understand it, Steve Irwin achieved fame outside of Australia before most Aussies had heard of him.

    The first mention I ever saw was in a South Park episode (clip here) and like parodies of William Shatner, for myself the parody is larger than the real man. As soon as I heard the sad news, I had visions of him jamming his thumb into St. Peter.

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 09 04 at 09:45 PM • permalink

  103. For what it’s worth, you guys might enjoy this comedy skit that I made as an affectionate sendoff for Steve.

    Posted by Korgmeister on 2006 09 04 at 10:04 PM • permalink

  104. Steve Irwin is now all news all the time.  Fox news is spending the whole hour on him and CNN is front and center.

    I don’t think you Aussies have a full appreciation for our appreciation of your culture.  There is something (that MentalFloss can surely diagnose) that makes us enamored with your culture.  I suppose it is the “frontiersman” feature that endears it to us.

    81Alpha says it well.  I did post graduate work in England:  London School of Economics, Cambridge, Exeter, etc. and still when I meet an Englander I am sadly unable to distinguish the accent from Austrialian and would buy one a beer, not the other.  In Italy I met an Aussie couple confused as I with the tram system and it seemed we just recognized something in each other.  I would have jumped the tracks for them. 

    Don’t get me wrong:  I like the Brits in general.  But they are no Aussies.

    Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 09 04 at 10:24 PM • permalink

  105. Thanks Steve Irwin for your passion, we will always remember! 

    Jimmy
    Woodstock, Ga USA

    Posted by jetson on 2006 09 04 at 10:49 PM • permalink

  106. You know in terms of his cause and his passion going forward, while his death is tragic, maybe in death he might even become bigger than in life (although that will be damn hard) and if its managed properly by equally dedicated people, his cause will get even more support and more attention…  Maybe that will be his legacy and it will continue to grow…

    But I can’t see anyone similar coming along for a long time, if ever…  Whilst I am not a mad environmentalist, I just can’t see the likes of Bob Brown picking up the mantle and capturing the public’s imagination to help wildlife….

    Posted by casanova on 2006 09 04 at 11:13 PM • permalink

  107. Kathy, when we were in the US they usually thought we were from England…  Sometimes the accents can sound familiar (after living in the US for a while many aussie actors start sounding less australian with a mixing of american accent in their speech), but if you have heard enough of it it often easy to tell new zealanders, poms and aussies apart, especially if they have strong regional accents…

    I guess if your not use to it, similar to when we were over in the US and heard different accents and inflections, you might recognise you are hearing something different, but not know which part of the country, or which part of the world it indicates…

    Its also surprising how many different terms you americans and the poms/aussies/kiwis use for the same thing…  boot=trunk, bonnet=hood root=:o)

    Posted by casanova on 2006 09 04 at 11:28 PM • permalink

  108. #108
    Casanova

    root = :-O

    8-D

    there’s thongs, and there’s thongs.

    biscuits & scones

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 04 at 11:41 PM • permalink

  109. The thoughts of a bitter and twisted old bat courtesy of a pitiful excuse of a newspaper

    Posted by Adam B on 2006 09 05 at 12:12 AM • permalink

  110. #110 Adam B

    Does anyone take any notice of Germ these days? That article is so wrong in so many ways.

    As a Melbourne boy, Irwin should have had a healthy respect for stingrays, which are actually commoner, and bigger, in southern waters than they are near Port Douglas, where he was killed. The film-makers maintain that the ray that took Irwin out was a “bull ray”, or Dasyatis brevicaudata, but this is not usually found as far north as Port Douglas. Marine biologist Dr Meredith Peach has been quoted as saying, “It’s really quite unusual for divers to be stung unless they are grappling with the animal and, knowing Steve Irwin, perhaps that may have been the case.” Not much sympathy there then.


    She doesn’t read much, does she?

    He left Melbourne before he was 10 years old.

    The footage of the incident has been viewed by police and others who report that Steve wasn’t aggravating the stingray, just swimming above it. So, Steve has been acquitted of provoking the attack.

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 05 at 12:19 AM • permalink

  111. One of the ones I like a lot is the sidewalk=footpath thing, but can some one explain where “stone the bloody crows” comes from?

    Posted by crittenden on 2006 09 05 at 12:47 AM • permalink

  112. #112

    Stone the bloody crows = !!!!!!!!!

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 05 at 12:55 AM • permalink

  113. Macquarie Dictionary Book of Slang

    stone
    noun 1.  Mining opal-bearing material. 2. (plural) the testicles.—phrase 3. stone the crows, an exclamation of surprise, amazement, etc. [def 2 dating from the 12th century; def 3 referring to the former occupation of watching over cornfields and stoning crows that attempt to plunder the crop]

    Posted by kae on 2006 09 05 at 01:06 AM • permalink

  114. No-one with high blood pressure needs to look at this link.
    Daily pus (Kos) slagging lickspittles are doing their best to denigrate the bloke.
    He by any chance get his spellcheckers from Margo? I spotted this little gem.
    “poisonous bard on their tails”. So they have a toxic William Shakespear following them? Sounds like a case for the paco Detevive organisation to me.


    You can tell when a good man dies by the “quality” of his haters.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 09 05 at 02:14 AM • permalink

  115. No-one with high blood pressure needs to look at this link.
    Daily pus (Kos) slagging lickspittles are doing their best to denigrate the bloke.
    He by any chance get his spellcheckers from Margo? I spotted this little gem.
    “poisonous bard on their tails”. So they have a toxic William Shakespear following them? Sounds like a case for the paco Detevive organisation to me.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/9/4/162734/2668

    You can tell when a good man dies by the “quality” of his haters.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 09 05 at 02:14 AM • permalink

  116. Oops sorry my browser came up as “did not connect” So I reposted. My bad….

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 09 05 at 02:20 AM • permalink

  117. One of our favorite memories of him was his ESPN commercial where, after calmly walking down the hallway with a sportscaster and waiting for the elevator, the doors part to reveal…the U of F mascot.  He shoves Dan Patrick to the side and threw himself onto the emerging…gator.  Hilarious.  Bless his heart, I was looking forward to more of those as he grew ever more gracefully old.  We thought he was a peach.

    Posted by tree hugging sister on 2006 09 06 at 11:35 PM • permalink

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