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Stingray Leaps Into Boat, Stabs Man in Chest

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Florida (Oct. 19) – An 81-year-old man was in critical condition Thursday after a stingray flopped onto his boat and stung him, leaving a foot-long barb in his chest similar to the accident that killed “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin.

This spotted eagle ray jumped into the boat of James Bertakis, 81, and stabbed him in the chest. The 3-foot-wide animal died on the boat. The ray’s long barb broke off and was stuck in the victim. “It was a freak accident,” said Lighthouse Point, Fla., acting fire Chief David Donzella. Stingrays have a serrated, poison-loaded barb, or spine, on the top of their tail. Here, an American whip-tailed stingray swims the Grand Cayman Islands. ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin died Sept. 4 after a stingray barb pierced his chest as he recorded a show off the Great Barrier Reef. Several stingrays have turned up dead on Australian beaches since Irwin’s death. A former colleague of Irwin’s is worried they are being killed in retaliation. Stings to humans are extremely painful, but rarely fatal. Here, a stingray swims in its enclosure at the Sydney, Australia, aquarium. There are about 100 stingray species. Most live in warm, shallow parts of the ocean, but a few live in fresh water.

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October 19, 2006 - Posted by | Be

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