As much as I feel extremely sorry for the Irwin family (especially the kids, who now have the legend of their father to live up to), I feel that there's many animals in the world that are relieved they won't be poked and prodded anymore.
I suspect the stingray wasn't just being looked at, but hey, I could be wrong. Not much of a fan, as you can tell.
Did anyone catch David Bellamy on Radio National this morning? He'd given 22 interviews on Irwin's death before the ABC got to him and he hadn't even met the guy properly. Everything he said was secondhand info, including the statement that conservationists around the world took Irwin seriously: "yes, that's what I've heard."
As for a state funeral, I can think of better things to do with the money, but I guess there's a lot of people who feel strongly about him, including Howard and Bush. Erk.