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Thousands sign petition to put Steve Irwin on Australian money

Crikey! A ship and a snail have been named for the famed "Crocodile Hunter," but fans want his face on their cash.

A mockup of an Australian bill featuring "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, as shown on the petition page.

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Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, has been gone for a decade, but he's not been forgotten by his worldwide legions of fans, especially in his homeland of Australia. More than 26,000 people have signed a petition urging the Australian government to put Irwin's face on the country's money.

"Let's make a change for something in the history of our country," petition organizer Kyle Ryan writes. "It's been 10 years without the Aussie icon and although he's been recognised in many ways I'd imagine we could all support the idea of going one step further (well deserved)."

Irwin was just 44 when he died on September 4, 2006, after a stingray barb pierced him in the chest while he filmed an underwater documentary. He is best known for his nature show, "The Crocodile Hunter," which ran for five seasons over 11 years, and introduced the world to Irwin's exuberant personality, broad Australian accent, favorite expressions ("Crikey!") and constant uniform of khaki shirt and shorts.

Irwin has been remembered in other ways since his untimely death.

The flagship vessel of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is named the M.V. Steve Irwin. Numerous animals have also been named for him, including a rare snail species dubbed Crikey steveirwini, after both Irwin's name and famed catchphrase. The Australia Zoo also marks November 15 as Steve Irwin Day.

"With a list a mile long of all the good Steve had accomplished in our world let's show our appreciation to a great true blue Australian by putting Stephen 'Steve' Irwin on our country's currency," Ryan writes. "Only everyone's support can make this happen!"

(Via Mashable)