Tinzien said:I do not mean to imply any insensitivity, but in his passing at least Steve died working and filming amongst (one of thousands of) creatures he loved and not in an auto accident or the like.
Condolences to his family, but I hope that this does not put off his children from following in their father's footsteps if they wish too later on.
Actually, what I read - and heard from his friend and producer on TV was that he was swimming over the ray and the ray snapped his tail upwards and pierced his heart. He didn't die instantly - he pulled the barb out and then went limp, supposedly he was alive when they pulled him into the boat and then died.HlSheppard said:I've been doing some reading this morning on this. The producer said that he swam over a "bull ray" and the barb went right into his heart. It is generally believe that he died instantly.
All involved concede that this is NOT the normal behavior for a ray...
My prayers go out to the family he leaves behind.