Originally Posted by Witchy Woman
It was a freak thing that happened because even though stingrays are poisonous they aren't fatal, usually. It all depends on how they sting you. In this case the barb went into his chest and pierced his heart, releasing the venom directly into his heart causing him to go into cardiac arrest.
Well...A pierced heart is dealy by itself. Apierced heart underwater..even worse. A pierced heart underwater by a stingray. I guess is deadly....
But She is right. Stringrays are peaceful creatures. And to humans, there stings are like that of a jellyfish. They hurt alot but wont kill. But stingrays have NO venom...its a barb on their tail...its like being stabbed with a dirty jagged hunting knife. But some people...like with jellyfish have worse reations then others. In this case it was the MASSIVE
damage to his heart that killed him. Nothing reguarding the ray itself.
The events were caught on camera, and a copy of the footage was handed to the Queensland Police. After reviewing the footage of the incident and speaking to the cameraman who recorded it, marine documentary filmmaker and former spearfisherman Ben Cropp speculated that the stingray "felt threatened because Steve was alongside and there was the cameraman ahead." In such a case, the stingray responds to "danger from above" by automatically flexing the serrated barb on its tail (which can measure up to 25cm in length) in an upward motion.
Steve Irwin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
and heres some info on stingrays themselves.
Stingray - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This was a freak acciedent by all means. He will be missed.