What stinger has stuck me in the butt tonight, you ask? Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Steve Irwin was killed in a freak accident when a stingray not only stung him for no apparent reason, but it stabbed him in the heart fatally. That was considered to be rare and unusual. Well, not as rare as we thought, apparently. They're now jumping into boats attacking elderly men, in what seems to be a weird effort to take over the world boat by boat.
Thu Oct 19, 12:38 PM ET
LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. - 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.
"It was a freak accident," said Lighthouse Point acting fire Chief David Donzella. "It's very odd that the thing jumped out of the water and stung him. We still can't believe it."
Fatal stingray attacks like the one that killed Irwin last month at the Great Barrier Reef are rare, marine experts say. Rays reflexively deploy a sharp spine in their tails when frightened, but the venom coating the barb usually causes just a painful sting