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09-13-2006, 01:59 PM

Stingrays found dead after Crocodile Hunter death

Associated Press

SYDNEY, Australia -- At least 10 stingrays have been killed since Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin was fatally injured by one of the fish, an official said today, prompting a spokesman for the late TV star's animal charity to urge people not take revenge on the animals.

Irwin died last week after a stingray barb pierced his chest as he recorded a show off the Great Barrier Reef.

Stingray bodies since have been discovered on two beaches in Queensland state on Australia's eastern coast. Two were discovered today with their tails lopped off, state fisheries department official Wayne Sumpton said.

Sumpton said fishermen who inadvertently catch the diamond-shaped rays sometimes cut off their tails to avoid being stung, but the practice was uncommon. Stingrays often are caught in fishing nets by mistake and should be returned to the sea, Sumpton said.

Michael Hornby, the executive director of Irwin's Wildlife Warriors conservation group, said he was concerned the rays were being hunted and killed in retaliation for Irwin's death.

"It may be some sort of retribution, or it may be fear from certain individuals, or it just may be yet another callous act toward wildlife," he said.

He said killing stingrays was "not what Steve was about."

"We are disgusted and disappointed that people would take this sort of action to hurt wildlife," he said.

Stingrays are usually shy, unobtrusive fish that rummage the sea bottom for food or burrow into the sand.

They have a serrated spine up to 10 inches long on their tails, which they can lash when stepped on or otherwise frightened.

The spines emit toxins that can kill many small creatures and cause excruciating pain in humans. Few people have died from the poison, but the spines can badly tear flesh and the wounds are prone to infections, including tetanus.

Hornby said people should treat stingrays with caution, but "there is still no need to ... kill or mutilate these important animals."

09-13-2006, 03:37 PM
Some people and their reasoning for killing are beyond me. I have caught quite a few sting rays though while fishing they put up a nice fight.

09-13-2006, 03:48 PM
this does not send the right message to kids or for that matter anybody... people should learn to be more careful around stingrays, not go out and kill them in revenge.

09-13-2006, 03:51 PM
These people need to lay off the crack. I have been in the water with these animals on many occasions. I have even stepped on them by accident while diving. Not one time have they ever seemed like they would harm me. They just swim away from you unless you have food to feed them. This was a freak accident, anywhere else on the body other than the heart and he would have been fine.

southlake thug
09-13-2006, 07:47 PM
There have been wayyy more then 10 killed. I am going up there next week, so I will be interested to see if there is still anything going on up there.

09-13-2006, 08:28 PM
There have been wayyy more then 10 killed. I am going up there next week, so I will be interested to see if there is still anything going on up there.
yeah, you're probably right...the 10 are probably the only ones that have been accounted for...