Australia report Stingray mutilations

Since Steve ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin was killed in a freak accident with a Stingray last week, 10 mutilated Stingrays have been found dead on beaches in Queensland, Australia. Two stingrays were found at a beach north of Brisbane with their tails cut off, while eight were found on another beach on Monday.

Authorities fear these could be revenge attacks on Stingrays following Mr Irwin’s death.

The Queensland state fisheries department said it was not clear if the incidents were connected to Mr Irwin’s death. According to a source at the department fishermen who inadvertently caught stingrays sometimes cut off their tails to avoid being stung, but such a practise was uncommon.

Government officials said they were investigating the deaths and there could be prosecutions.