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. TWS

    T.LEE – haven't your ever heard of the healing power of laughter? maybe that's how people deal with their loss....

    February 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peanut Butter Jelly Man

    MetLife sux

    February 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bruce Smith II

    I usually wear womens skin, but Shark skin sounds NIIIIIICE.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Quint

    You know that was the time I was most frightened... waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again."

    February 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bruce Smith II

    Don't judge the Sharks, have you ever tasted human meat?

    February 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Humans are delicious. I mean, that's what I've heard. From no one in particular.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TWS

    it puts the lotion in the basket....it does this when it's told or it gets the hose again.......

    February 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TWS


    February 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bruce Smith

    Just a reminder. I am here for any of your IT support needs.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Quint

    Front – bow, back – stern. Ya get it wrong, squirt, I'll throw your ass out the little round window in the side.~

    February 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. D.Baker

    "He was a bit alternative but he was always a decent bloke"

    What a great sentence! I hope someone says that about me when I'm gone.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dewitt

    Maybe the shark thought he would improve its libido.hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    February 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GaPeach

    I agree with T. Lee....did you idiots miss the fact that a man was killed! All you idiots do is sit in front of your computers and make comments; at least it keeps you safe from sharks!

    February 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I think the fact that we're writing impossibly witty jokes about the man's demise would indicate that we haven't missed a thing. I ordered up some violin music for ya, though. Can you hear it? Put your ear closer to your computer.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GaPeach

    And you're not comedians like you think you are or you would be getting paid to make people laugh!
    What a horrible way to die! RIP Charleston!

    February 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. quint

    He's resting in Pieces actually. wait for it...... ba dam bum.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bruce Smith

    I hate the fuzz on peaches!

    February 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Bruce Smith

      But you love the fuzz on my peach, right?

      February 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
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