Ambergris Caye Caye Caulker HELP! Visitor Center Businesses Lodging

Topic Options
#253452 - 10/19/07 11:51 AM Ras Creek could have saved Crocodile Hunter
Short Offline
Caye Caulker’s Ras Creek Could Have Saved “Crocodile Hunter’s” Life

Caye Caulker, September 2006 - Last week internationally known celebrity cum naturalist Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin was killed by a stingray off the coast of Australia while filming one of his ‘living-dangerously-in-nature” specials. Irwin achieved international celebrity-dom from the television program “The Crocodile Hunter”, a popular wildlife documentary series co-hosted with his wife Terri Irwin.

On September 4th 2006 the Crocodile Hunter was fatally stabbed in the chest by a stingray spine while snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, at Batt Reef, which is located off the coast of Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Irwin was in the area filming his self-produced documentary-video, to be called The Ocean's Deadliest.

According to reports in the press cited by his friend and colleague, John Stainton, Irwin swam too close to one of the stingrays. "He came on top of the stingray and the stingray's barb approximately 30 cm (10 inches) went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart" reported Stainton.

There is a seasoned veteran conversationalist and pioneer tour guide on Caye Caulker named Bert “Ras Creek” Nicholas who could have saved the Crocodile Hunter’s life. Ras Creek has developed a rapport with several stingrays in the nature preserve Shark-Ray Alley” over the 15 years since he first discovered that popular hangout for all forms of aquatic wildlife located adjacent to the reef about half-way between San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.

Ras Creek & tourist frolickig with sting ray

Ras Creek in an exclusive interview with the BELIZE TIMES at the Split where his Robinson Crusoe-seque vessel “Heritage Cruz” is docked, noted that normally stingrays are very wary of humans; they have a natural skittishness when interacting with divers. He observed that Irwin should have shown the ray more respect and not invaded the animal’s immediate territory. Rays are normally docile creatures that prefer fleeing rather than fighting but get very defensive when they feel cornered. Creek’s advice to the Crocodile Hunter would have been, “Don’t rush the brush, know the ray’s style and psyche before cavorting with them. And never approach one from behind”.

Ras Creek is a pioneer in marine tour guiding. He was heading up tours starting in 1991. He is a seminal figure in discovery and development the Hol Chan Marine Reserve better known as Shark-Ray Alley and the Sea Horse Ranch on the lee side of Caye Caulker into must-see tourist destinations. Those two naturalist spots have helped immeasurably in putting Belize on the tourist destination map. Hundreds of other tour guides have followed in his footsteps.

Ras Creek went on to explain that there are three stingrays at Shark Ray Alley that over the last decade he has altered their cautious attitude to one of camaraderie. He has named his three ray cohorts: ‘Sharktail’, ‘Soon-Come’ and ‘Baby Soon-Come’. All three are part of the “twisted spine” southern ray family that Ras refers to as Spotted Eagle Rays. Soon-Come is a huge ray with a eight foot wing span that has been caught on video by a National Geographic photographer nuzzling up to Ras Creek, affectionately putting its nose against his mask as a kind of cross species kiss.

Ras Creek hanging out in Caye Caulker

Ras Creek is a historically important figure in the evolution of tourism in the Jewel. A trailblazer who is still educating and thrilling his tourist clientele with his naturalist wisdom and his capacity to pull off a hell of a party simultaneously. His tours both instill awareness of the environment and generate good vibes galore.

In spite of Ras Creek’s historical significance, he has not been given the props he deserves by the at times fickle tourist industry. Believe it or not there are some philistines in the tourist biz that harass him on a regular basis. A true disservice to a man that had the vision to create something novel in a highly competitive field where new ideas are few and far between. Ras Creek might come off like some kind of Belizean-Hippie-Rasta, though underneath that bohemian look is an astute mind with a wealth of information on the sea life that lives in the waters near his home base Caye Caulker. A colorful, mythic character that knows his stuff.
Live and let live

#253591 - 10/20/07 10:58 AM Re: Ras Creek could have saved Crocodile Hunter [Re: Short]
juice_lady Offline
Congrats to Ras Creek's success. I first met him back in '89 in Belize City renting rooms to tourists for $5 BZ. When he came out to the Caye he met with some obvious resistance, but through genuine good heartedness, he made a niche for himself. He is one of the good guys.

#253649 - 10/21/07 08:15 AM Re: Ras Creek could have saved Crocodile Hunter [Re: juice_lady]
CROC Offline
nice article for RAS however the headline and the picture show that reporting can be misleading

the picture with headline says Ras Creek with a stingray where in reality its a Nurse shark he is ABUSING

next how could he of saved Irwin ?? what a CROC it was a freak accident that could happen at Shark Ray Alley anyday with the amount of abuse that goes on there.

Additionally the names of the Rays that Ras named are Spotted eagle rays and NOT stingrays ie Soon Come and Baby soon come

A typical report reported by someone that has no clue what they are talking about.

#253663 - 10/21/07 12:37 PM Re: Ras Creek could have saved Crocodile Hunter [Re: CROC]
Cooper Offline
I have been told for years that the reason we have the two Shark, Ray Alleys. Here and S.P. is that the area for generations was where the fisherman would come in and clean fish, lobster etc. So the rays and sharks who are scavengers over the years stuck around for the food. I do not understand how a person can discover what was already a pretty well known area prior to their lifespan???? I have also heard it said over and over that Ras discovered this area, it just does not make sense. Please dont get me wrong, I think Ras has a great tour to offer tourist, and I am first to send business his way as he offers something just a bit different and educational.

#254451 - 10/27/07 01:00 AM Re: Ras Creek could have saved Crocodile Hunter [Re: Cooper]
ReelDuel Offline
There must still be food there or the rays/sharks would not still be there. Maybe Ras is dumping chum for those fish

#254566 - 10/27/07 05:55 PM Re: Ras Creek could have saved Crocodile Hunter [Re: ReelDuel]
Cooper Offline
Most all the guides take fish with them and chum so the snorkelers can see the rays and sharks. So yes fish is still dumped there.

#254579 - 10/27/07 06:53 PM Re: Ras Creek could have saved Crocodile Hunter [Re: Cooper]
elbert Offline
Truth be know that Shark ray alley was developed by chumming for the purpose of attracting sharks and rays for tourist and the fishermans story is just that.
The Dive Shops Daily Blog

#254588 - 10/27/07 10:04 PM Re: Ras Creek could have saved Crocodile Hunter [Re: elbert]
Cooper Offline
OK, does that answer the question that it was not discovered, but created???


Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker

TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil’ Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Who's Online
0 registered (), 31 Guests and 6 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,631 Registered Members
44 Forums
63,679 Topics
461,170 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 02:16 PM HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day