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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soundoff (431 Responses)
  1. Bruce Smith

    Who like creamed chipped beef?

    February 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BRODY

    the sharks ate them

    February 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Max

    Good Shark ! kill them all these human invasive !!

    February 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bruce Smith

    Any IT questions?

    February 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pliny

    Candy-gram!

    February 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BRODY

    bruce – YOU'RE WRONG!!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bruce Smith

    Where did Wadim go?

    February 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Divers–Shark for "steak"

    February 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WADIM

    we don't have this problem in the motherland.......

    February 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bruce Smith

    Does anyone else enjoy fat bearded women?

    February 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Bruce Smith

      Ahhhh you're sweet to say that!

      February 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. citizenUSA

    I hate to say, "he deserved it". Not many deserve such a fate but as a professional, what a bone-head move.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    Great White Shark to her husband–"Does eating all those divers make me look fat?"

    February 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Great White Shark

      No, but you're growing toes!

      February 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. WADIM

    i prefer them with just goatees.........maybe some mutton chops...

    February 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gregorio

    dont mess with nature, because soon or later it will pay back

    February 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WADIM

    just wondering, if a diver screams under water and the dive boat is far away.....just curious...

    February 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
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