josh knauer wrote:
So I've read a bunch of the accounts of what happened, and I am still perplexed. I've had the privilege of swimming with many stingrays, manta rays and eagle rays and I've never had a problem. In fact, most people know that unless you actually step on one of them, the chances of getting stung are almost nil. Further, for the stingray to have enough force behind it to puncture his skin, rib cage and pierce his heart, it would have had to have a hell of a lot of leverage and power behind it. I just have a hard time understanding how this happens under normal conditions.
The account that is being circulated is that he was "just swimming above the stingray" which seems incredibly dubious to me. He was a hell of an advocate for the conservation of snakes, reptiles and other critters. It's a shame that he's dead.
From what accounts I've read he was in fact swimming above the Bull ray,but whenever a member of his camera crew swam in front of it in essense cornering it,it spooked and went into defense mode,thus driving it's barb (20cm in length) into Irwins chest.