It’s a sad day for the Animal Planet as we lost one of our own heroes on Monday – Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. He was killed by a stingray while filming a segment for a series called "The Ocean’s Deadliest".
Because of Steve’s unbridled passion for Australia’s famous critter, my son watched his show quite a bit when he was younger and able to sit that long. He got just as excited about Steve when he showed a huge crocodile or other creature. I know his wife’s family retired here in Florida, and I heard that Steve often had a presence here when home visiting his in-laws. I remember one show where he was with the military and comparing the American Alligator to the Australian Crocodile. Joey wanted to run to Florida and see if the Croc Hunter was still here to meet after watching that show.
While the crocodiles were a passion well known, he also had a passion for conservation and all of the animal kingdom. If you’d like to incorporate conservation in your class, check out unitedstreaming. There are 37 videos on the topic of animal conservation and three videos about the Sting Ray. Cosmeo kids can watch a variety of videos on crocodiles or play the Animal Universe Brain Game. Or if you’re interested in learning more about Steve’s life, check out his fan page at the Animal Planet.
Before hitting post, I checked out other DEN pages. Jannita from Southern California has a post about a funny story from a little over a year ago. Check her blog out.
Please keep Steve’s family in your thoughts and prayers.