at first i thought he was cool. then i payed attention to how he treated the animals and lost respect for him as an animal person. then i saw he brought his newborn into the croc pit during feeding time for the show and i lost total respect for him.
we all knew it was coming, it was just a matter of time and which animal he finally annoyed to the brink...
i'm guessing that the crew would not be telling us that steve deserved to be stung because he was pestering the animal even if it was true. besides, anyone that has watched his show can form an opinion as to whether he wa likely annoying the animal or not.
same press release -
Stingrays were "dangerous if provoked" - Ross Coleman, acting director at at University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science
the stinger is a defensive mechanism for the animal to escape danger. key word: defensive
I was also told by a friend that toured the australia zoo and witnessed a taping of one of his shows that he actually drugged many of the aggressive snakes that he "played" with. That way they were nearly too incapaciatated to bite him. Again, that's hearsay, but anyways. I figured a crock would get him sooner or later anyways. I do think that his main use of animals was money, but again I think he had a genuine love for them at the same time.
I feel badly that his family is without him now.....but is anyone surprised that he got killed doing this...? I mean if Emril died in a grease fire filming his show....would anyone say BAAAM....I can't believe it ! NO ! I am not surprised he died doing this but now don't give me any static about....OOOOH he died doing what he loved !!! That's a load of crap....he is still dead ! Dead is Dead !
I still say it is a cautionary tale to anyone who enjoys reef diving. You are entering their domain and any little action could be interpreted as a threat. Maybe not a ray, but likely a moray eel or even a very small but mean damsel!
GIVE THE GUY A BREAK HE IS DEAD AND HIS FAMILY LOST A FATHER AND A HUSBAND. I WOULD HATE TO SEE WHAT YOU GUYS WOULD SAY IF I DIED BECAUSE A CAR FELL OFF A LIFT AND KILLED ME. "I GUESS HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER TO STAND UNDER THAT CAR"