The Queensland Coroner Michael Barnes has handed over film of Steve Irwin's last moments to his family and said that it is not a break with normal protocol, contrary to reports in the media.
It is purported that copies of the video on the black market could fetch one million dollars. The coroner said that all copies were destroyed to prevent such a thing happening. Media interest in the footage has been rife.
Mr Barnes stated, "Contrary to media reports this morning, this is in line with normal procedures. Private property is always returned to its owner once the necessary investigations have been completed."