Michelle – 2006-09-05 9:13 PMIve done a bit a free diving myself when I was younger.What I dont think some people understand is how very passive RAYS are! They would rather get out of our way than be a threat to anyone. To me this really was a FREAK accident, wrong place, wrong time, wrong RAY! (Stingray) Very sad…..
The problem was that the ray had a camera man directly in front, and Irwin swam over the ray, probably thinking he had more clearance than he really did. The ray felt trapped, and lashed out.
Rays are usually very timid, but swimming directly over one is never a good idea.