Informative Speech On Steve Irwin

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Imagine you are walking along a path in Africa and Crikey! What’s that you see? (A black mamba!) Today I am here to inform you about the life of Stephen Robert Irwin, or The Crocodile Hunter. After growing up watching his television show and always having an interest in Irwin, I stand before you qualified to speak to you about his passion, contributions to the animal kingdom, and accomplishments of teaching the world about animals. Steve Irwin was a great man who believed in respecting, helping, and learning about animals. His family had a popular television show, The Crocodile Hunter. Steve was the main attraction of the show but his wife and two children were featured also. The three main points I want to make about Irwin is how he started…show more content…
Irwin was with his camera crew filming for a different tv show, Ocean’s Deadliest. The weather wasn’t what they expected that day, so they decided to film a school of stingrays instead. Cameraman Justin Lyons saw the “massive” stingray and had already been filming with Irwin around the animal. Lyons and Irwin were in waist deep water with the normally docile animal. “I had the camera on, I thought this is going to be a great shot, and all of a sudden it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly, hundreds of strikes in a few seconds,” Lyons said ("Steve Irwin's Cameraman Recalls His Last Words [VIDEO]."). “I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away and I didn’t know it had caused any damage. It was only when I panned the camera back that I saw Steve standing in a huge pool of blood,” he added ("Steve Irwin's Cameraman Recalls His Last Words [VIDEO]."). The stingray has a barb that is in the middle section of its tail. This barb is what pierced Irwin’s heart, it is jagged on both edges and is very poisonous. Contrary to popular belief, Irwin did not pull the barb out of his chest. It did not break off in his chest. Although he did think it punctured his lung not his heart. Lyons quickly assessed the situation and put Irwin back in the inflatable boat and rushed him back to Croc One, then onto shore for medical attention. It was noted that Lyons administered CPR for over an hour. “I was saying to him things like ‘think of your kids Steve, hang on, hang on, hang on,’ and he calmly looked up at me and said ‘I’m dying’ and that was the last thing he said.” It’s been said that the stingray probably felt threatened, or boxed in by Lyons and Irwin. It’s noted that the stingray most likely thought Irwin’s shadow was a tiger shark, which feeds on stingrays regularly. This accident is the only fatality by stingray captured on

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