He was a great conservationist and because of him many started to take notice of endangered species and others.
I only wish that he hadn't inspired copy cats.
We have a guy here who feeds chickens to the crocodiles for the pleasure of tourists in an urban area...when the tourists go the crocs come up onto the road and onto the lagoon bank...they are waiting for their dinner!!
One day someone is going to get bitten!
We have stingrays as well and thousands of people swim near them with no consequences...they are quite docile...but they are wild animals! One should take extreme care and getting too close can be fatal...after all if the largest barb is 15" long to get hit you must be way too close!! It is their defense mechanism after all...
What a tragic way to go... I will miss his presence in the animal world!