A Sad Farewell: The Croc Hunter

CrocIt’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.


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  1. Tom Turner said:

    I saw linked off of Drudge and posted on my blog pretty quicklike. Very sad day for the Irwin and Discovery Families, as well as the educational community. He is VERY much in my thoughts and prayers as his family goes through this tough and trying time.

  2. Michele Futch said:

    I agree with Tom’s thoughts. I couldn’t believe it when I saw this on the news this morning.

    May God be with his family and friends during these trying times. Things will not be the same without our favorite Mate!

  3. Nikki Slinkard said:

    I too was shocked and saddened by this news. What freak accident. Having young children, I can’t imagine what his family is going through. They are definitely in my prayers.

  4. Nathan Guteras said:

    What a great loss. He was a true educator. He taught us the importance of conservation and natural habitats for all living creatures. He definately excited my students with hands on science and inquiry based learning lessons. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  5. Debra Gastelum said:

    My husband and I had to break the news to our three children this morning. They, like us, are devastated. It’s such a huge loss for all of us. He was an educator, an environmentalist, an inspiration, and a wonderful example of how to live one’s life to the fullest and with firm commitment to whatever a person decides to pursue. He will truly be missed.

  6. jillian.gay said:

    My family was shocked too. He had this gift- as if he and the animals he worked with had an understanding. He opened up a whole new level at which people could learn about wildlife. “The Croc Hunter” will be remembered to many future generations.

  7. Michele Futch said:


    I don’t know if you read it or not. But, the Discovery Channel is renaming their garden space for him.

    I believe I read this on the National Blog. It may have been on Jannita’s in S. California? Both of those blogs, had a lot of good information about our one and only favorite “mate”! They are “must reads.”

  8. Michele Futch said:

    I went back and searched the blogs. It is not on the National Blog. It is on Jan Wee’s Wisconsin Blog about the memorial garden and conservation fund in Steve’s memory.

    Please read Jan’s blog/post. It is great!

  9. Christine Brink said:

    My heart goes out to the relatives and friends of this amazing man. I just learned of the news this morning and am still in shock. My students were deeply saddened. Many cried. It is amazing how he seemed to be a close friend of anyone who had watched his program. People like Steve Irwin who have such a zest and love of life tend to have many people gravitate towards them. May his passion for Life continue to be an inspiration to us all.

  10. Shannan Romer said:

    I was stunned when I read the news about Steve. All of my students were talking about it today (they really loved him). I decided to use a united streaming video on sting rays to help clear up some misconceptions they had. They really didn’t realized how much of a “freak” accident this was and that stingrays are not vicious killers. Most of my students have seen stingrays at the beach at one point or another so they were very concerned.

  11. Debra Gastelum said:

    My kids (14, 9, 6) came home today talking about Steve. It seems that’s what almost all of our students were upset about today.

    My son, (14) said that a friend told him that his mom had cried when she found out. My son thought her reaction was a bit odd until his dad informed him that I, too, had cried when I heard the news.

  12. Michelle Brown said:

    It is truly a sad time. Steve Irwin dared to do things most only dream of. I do think that in this time of sadness, we must remember he died doing the thing that he loved best; going where most would not or could not and educating the world. Prayers and thoughts with are with his family.

  13. Debbie Bohanan said:

    We need to honor Steve and all his hard work by creating conservationists in our classroom. He was an inspiration and through the power of video will live on forever. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Hopefully Discovery has compiled his work as a gift for the family (if they did not already have copies). I think about his young son who is the same age as my little boy. It will be difficult to grow up and not remember your father. The video collection will help both children feel close to their dad and continue his vision.

    My husband has always been afraid of the water. He feels the only way to stay on top of the food chain is to stay on the beach. 15 years ago I had him on a raft and a school of stingrays swam by. I told him he had nothing to worry about but now he is questioning me. I need to show him one of the unitedstreaming clips to ease his mind!

  14. Debra Gastelum said:

    I’m dealing with a similar thing with our 6 year old daughter. She was already leery of the ocean but she loved to pet the sting rays at Sea World. I think it’s going to be a long time before she’s going any where near them now.

  15. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    The loss of Steve Irwin is a great loss to education and to teachers and students everywhere!

  16. Debbie Bohanan said:

    We have a program at our school called KidBiz. It is an internet based non-fiction reading program. They had a great article about Steve IRwin for hte kids to read.

  17. Debbie Bohanan said:

    I forgot to mention that the program sends the students an email message with a link to the article. The best part is that it is differentiated instruction at the click of a button. Each student receives the article at their level. If you are interested the site is http://www.kidbiz3000.com.

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