Diver apparently killed by sharks
The waters off South Australia are rife with great white sharks.
February 18th, 2011
08:30 AM ET

Diver apparently killed by sharks

A longtime commercial diver apparently was killed by great white sharks Thursday off South Australia.

Peter Clarkson, a well-known abalone expert, was attacked by two sharks as he returned to the surface from a dive, boat captain Howard Rodd told authorities, according to the watersport site Swellnet.

Clarkson reportedly once provided a written testimonial for an electronic device called Shark Shield. However, it was not known whether he was using the device at the time of the attack, and the Shark Shield website had no testimonial with his name on it Friday.

Divers in the shark-filled waters off South Australia often use shark cages, but Clarkson was not in a cage when he was attacked, police Senior Sgt. Mick Walsh told Adelaide Now.

Clarkson was well-liked and respected in the diving community, reports said. He co-wrote a book on cowries, another type of sea snail.

"He was a fitness and health fanatic. He was a bit alternative but he was always a decent bloke," a friend told Adelaide Now.

The abalone trade is a $50 million annual industry in South Australia, according to Adelaide Now. Abalone are large mollusks whose flesh is used in cooking and medicine and whose shells are lined with mother-of-pearl.

Clarkson is the second diving partner Rodd has lost to sharks. In 2000, his boat overturned; he swam eight miles to shore while his companion, Danny Thorpe, clung to the boat, the Australian network ABC reported. The only traces of Thorpe ever found were a shredded life vest and a battered lunchbox.

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  1. Mermaid

    Our time on this Earth is already set. It was his time to exit and he did it where he loved to be. When my time is up, it better not be in a car accident or at work!

    March 9, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Mermaid hater

      why didnt the shark eat you instead..

      March 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stinky

      You are next! Grim Reeper

      September 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Barney

    If you would have shown that it was of the coast of South Australia I wouldt have even read the Article...
    Yea, sure....Anyone who has ever watched NAtional Geographic or Shark Week that Australia is teaming with great whites and attacks.....

    Report the news when it's off the coast in someplace like TAMPA or West Palm Beach where I dive and the news is relivant....morons...

    March 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jo

    He would have made it if he wasn't wearing his lucky ham.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. He died doing what he loved. People hate that saying, but it's true. He knew what he was doing, it wasn't a shark attack. A shark attack is when you're in the shower and one comes up the stairs in YOUR HOUSE, and attacks you. We are in their territory, to say kill them all is very immature.

    I think moxie put it brilliantly. As to redd52, you make those trite comments when people say stupid things about murderers, people who know what they are doing to other people. If it were my sibling or other, I would obviously say the same because I knew where he was coming from, what he was about. He knew the risk, again, obviously anyone around him would also.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Crys Lundberg

    It's March 10. Why is this being posted as news?

    March 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Overlord

    The way I see it, he knew the risks and it's the cost of doing business. You cannot weigh human life vs shark life. This is sad for his loved ones but sharks should not be blamed for this anymore than fire should be blamed for burning wood. It's how they roll.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. audrina

    how do i print this out?

    March 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oilcruzer

      Control Key PLUS P Key

      March 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack

    I wonder if hes busy blaming Israel for the shark attack. Nope... not an arab or a muslim.

    March 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jimbob

    I guess the sharks saw that Snickers commercial.

    March 18, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Oilcruzer

    Good to see someone is feeding the sharks. Now what happened to those Chum Salmon that are supposed to feed the Eagles in Canada?

    March 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hanna dulude

    Stop hunting the sharks !!!!!!!!! Leave the poor sharks alone . He knew it was dangerous, it was only a matter of time.

    October 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • extinct greatwhites literily

      so if trex accidently ended up in current times we should we help them breed too gwhites r a evolutionary accident they do not belong here same with crocodiles saltys dinosaurs r extinct they should be too the world would be a better place

      April 1, 2012 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
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