By now you will all have heard of Steve Irwin's untimely and tragic death. Not everybody liked his style but he brought things like conservation & herpetology out of the shadows and made them kinda cool. The real shame is that he was only just getting started in terms of highlighting the worlds conservation issues... He sure as hell wouldn't blame the sting ray and like I've said in the past if I die I'd rather die doing something I loved (than a car accident or the like). And filmed a segment for his 8 year old daughters upcoming tv show is a pretty apt way. I'm sure that it was a freek accident and that the cameraman and Steve's positions just spooked the stingray, which are usualy dosile creatures. Pity the barb just happened to go straight into his heart, as he may have survived if it hadn't. Very sad day! My client and I had talked earlier this year about going over to Australia Zoo and getting trained to handle snakes (in case of a biosecurity incursion here in NZ) and I was looking forward to hopefully meeting the larger than life man. He really was this new generation's "Sir David Attenborough" and he will be missed.