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. quint

    It's the Pits!

    February 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    The only way this is better is if he was the heir to the A-1 Steak Sauce fortune.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Starscream

    Here lies the body of Mary Lee
    Died at the age of a hundred and three
    For fifteen years, she kept her virginity
    Not a bad record, for this vicinity

    See ya brought your rubbers!

    February 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    Shark–"I love these things! They're warm and have a crunchy center!" (borrowed from Gary Larson)

    February 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wraith729

    Well, if this isn't a case study in irony, I don't know what is!

    February 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bruce Smith

    Wonder if the shark said, "This tastes like chicken!"

    February 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    They know he would ignore this particular problem until it swam up and bit him on the @ss.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    His dad told him he wouldn't amount to cr@p. His dad was wrong.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SubstanceD

    The guy was an Australian abalone diver. How else would you expect him to die other than shark attack? Old age? Slip in the shower? If you value your life, this is not a potential career move I would suggest.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob

    Back to work. That's all for me, tip your waitresses.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ElMeroRanchero

    Para que te metes con los grandes puto!

    February 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TGLAZ

    Seems like people always think it's safe to do just about anything 'til something bad happens. Even if there is a possibility of danger, they figure that the chances that it will happen to them are low and end up being a victim of poor judgment. The poor guy is dead, but hopefully the captain learns something from it and makes sure that nobody goes over the side without being prepared and properly equipped. At least all preventative measures would have been there in which case he may not have died.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • bnasta12

      Well, there is in fact an incredibly low chance of getting killed by a shark...less than being killed by bees or lightning.

      February 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ElMeroRanchero

    Ya se... uno mas... Hijos de puta!

    February 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MikeN

    You all are a bunch of ignorant children ranting on stupidly. A person died here in a way that none of us want to go. Diving is a dangerous sport at times and I am sure that Mr. Clarkson took this seriously and knew full well that he could be killed by a shark while doing it.

    However...the main point is have some respect for the dead and grow up. If you need a place for senseless blogging, find someplace else.

    MikeN
    Scuba Intstructor

    February 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Hunt

      It's OK Mike, this place is working out just fine, no need to leave.

      February 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PCola Vet

    Man there are alot of heartless idiots on this blog. Looks more like a graffiti wall from a bunch of 8th graders. The guy did NOT have on his Shark Shield or he'd be alive today. It works, and no matter what type of shark it is, the electrical current makes their snouts go into a spasm, and they haul a-s-s out of the area. A shame he didn't have it on.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
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