A STING IN THE THORNS! by NICK COBURN PHILLIPS

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Just when you thought the prickly sensation of putting your hand down on a ‘crown of thorns’ toxic starfish was enough ~ lined up right next to it ~ is the venomous ‘barbed’ tail end of a blue spotted sting-ray! Crikey! Now that would be a pain in the backside!

Sadly as many will know, the famed Australian Zoologist Steve Irwin tragically lost his life whilst filming Stingrays. Steve swam over the top of the stingray and the stingray’s barb whipped up into his chest and put a hole into his heart!

It seems the general public ~ flared up by this ~ may have started revenging his death by culling more stingrays. “That’s the last thing Steve would want,” said Michael Hornby, a friend of Irwin.

Stingrays are being unsustainably fished for their meat in South East Asia ~ so they have much more to fear from us, than we do from them.

Ironically, it is well known that stingrays predate on benthic invertebrates and maybe their demise ~ is a contributing factor to the ‘increased numbers’ of the voracious ‘crown of thorns starfish’ ~ which decimates corals and is starting to spread across Asia!?

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crown of thorns, starfish, echinoderm, spiny skinned, blue spotted stingray, crikey, australian zoologist, steve irwin, stingrays, overfishing, unsustainable fishing, south east asia, voracious reef grazer, acanthaster planci, taeniura lymma, dasyatidae

As a Marine Scientist, Underwater Photographer, Wildlife Conservation FilmMaker & emerging Explorer ~ Nicks’ recent film “Colours of the Gulf” documented the plight of whale sharks and other marine life in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

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  • sentimentum
    sentimentumover 2 years ago

    Congratulations your image and text has been featured
    within the Environmental Awareness group
    to view the feature and leave comments
    please visit the Features Room

  • Hi there Sentimentum. Just noticed this! Thanks for featuring in the “Environmental Awareness” group!!! Best Regards Nick

    – NICK COBURN PHILLIPS

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 2 years ago

    Congratulations!

    Beautiful Wildlife in the Blues
    June 13, 2012

  • Just noticed! Nice to be featured in “Beautiful Wildlife in the Blues!” VBR Nick :-)

    – NICK COBURN PHILLIPS

  • vigor
    vigorabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture, and that is a tragic way to die, but so many seem to lose their lives doing what they love.

  • Just noticed your note. Thanks Vigor! Yes Steve Irwin and also Mike DeGruy are deeply missed… Regards Marine Scientist Nick

    – NICK COBURN PHILLIPS

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