Yeah I guess we all thought that. But I think that was also part of what made him a "personaility". Many others do this sort of work, but I don't think any have the same "public recognition" as Steve Irwin
I was taught something many years ago that has stuck with me ever since. In can be applied to every career I believe.
You go to a circus and are entertained by the circus clown on a high wire. He makes you laugh and gasp at his antics high up int he air. He can look like he is about to fall yet doing some amasing stunts. The clown can only do this once he knows exactly what to do. He has had years of training and refining his skills. He is a career proffesional and knows the wire intimately. Then and only then can he "play the fool" on the high wire.
Form interviews with ones that have worked with Steve Irwin
, similar stories have come out. As the public we see someone that we often think of as an idiot playing with death. But to his proffesional peers, he was someonen that took great care on the otherside of the camera
. Lots of home work was done of the situation at the time, before he stood in front of the camera
and let it roll.
One thing I really liked about what this guy did, was the way that he has taught us about the "truth" behind the semingly nastiest animals
. I mean, A croc maybe dangerouse and needs a great deal of respect, but at the same time, I do not experiance the fear due to ignorance, of those Crocs anymore. Not that we have them here, but if I go to Oz, I am not going to stay 500m away from any puddles any more.:-)
Sadly, he has not convinced me of the same when it comes to spiders. :-(
My deepest sympathies to his Wife and Children