‘Crocodile Hunter’ Producer Remembers Steve Irwin’s ‘Very, Very Weird’ Speech Before His Passing

by Courtney Blackann

Everyone knows the tragic end to Steve Irwin’s “Oceans Deadliest” documentary, which he was filming in 2006. The beloved “Crocodile Hunter’s” life ended tragically when he was barbed by a stingray. Further, the entire incident was recorded on film.

However, producer John Stainton recently discussed in the moments before Irwin’s death, he gave a speech to the crew which was “very weird.” In an interview with the “I’ve Got News For You” podcast host Andrew Bucklow, the former “Crocodile Hunter” producer shared the moment he had an ominous feeling.

“A couple of days before we started the show, he made a little speech to all the crew that were up there catching crocs for his research trip — which I joined at the end with our crew,” said Stainton, per the New York Post. “He was sort of thanking them all for being who they were and for helping him. It was like a finale speech.”

Within the next few days, Irwin was gone. Stainton said the experience left him feeling incredibly uneasy about his own future. He immediately created a living will just in case, Stainton said.

In early September, the “Crocodile Hunter” and crew were set to film “Ocean’s Deadliest” off the coast of Queensland. It would be a little area called Batt Reef where Irwin tragically lost his life.

While Irwin’s adventures ended in tragedy, his family carries on his name and his profession – making it their own. Fifty-seven year old Terri Irwin, as well as children Bindi and Robert are all a part of a spinoff show called “Crikey! It’s the Irwin’s.” It’s their way of honoring their father while continuing with the work that he loved so much.

‘Crocodile Hunter’s’ Legacy and Impact

Many people remember Irwin for his stunts on late night TV, wowing audiences with his bravery. However, Irwin was also a conservationist and an expert in zoology. He regularly shared his knowledge in a way that connected people and nature.

Recently, Irwin’s children shared heartfelt tributes to the late “Crocodile Hunter” star for Steve Irwin Day.

“Today is #SteveIrwinDay. Thinking a lot about my Dad today and the impact that he made on our planet, inspiring an entire generation,” Robert Irwin wrote via Instagram.

He went on to add: “I also think about what a truly amazing dad he was. Through a lifetime captured on camera and stories from my family and those who knew him best, I’m able to remember the special times with dad. I still look up to him every day and while I miss him so much, it means the world to me and my family that each year we can have a day for the world to celebrate what he stood for.”