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. Hilary

    Another sensationalist shark story by CNN. I do not see CNN covering the new anti shark fin bill in the California legislature or anything about how up to 100 million sharks are killed each year. The article is poorly written too–you assume this guy clinging to a boat was killed by a shark-he could have easily drowned.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ElMeroRanchero

    buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ga-ga

    February 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Edward Nashville, TN

    Am I the only one who thinks being diving partners with boat captain Howard Rodd is a jinx. This makes two killed by a shark.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Edward Nashville, TN

    Hilary, it said "The only traces of Thorpe ever found were a SHREDDED life vest and a battered lunchbox. Last time I checked drowning did not cause this...

    February 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wubby

    I just love how people think these are not dangerous animals. This story reminds me of shark week, they had a expert on there talking about sharks and how they are not aggressive when all of a sudden a bull shark tears of his right calf... Blood all over the water! it was insane! Sharks are dangerous PERIOD! Great Whites will eat you period.... I hope this guy is happy now. Wonder what his last thoughts were... Hmmmm Are they dangerous??

    February 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Adam

    Sweet irony.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandy

      What is sweet about someone being eaten alive? What is ironic, when the article plainly stated the diver may not have been wearing his Shark Shield? And why are you such an ass?

      February 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBrocket

      Hello... names Bruce. We'd like to invite you to a little - get together we're having.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shark

    I'm hungry...ooohh people!

    February 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. driving

    i heard that was your Daddy in the water"'better off with out you""" Shark

    February 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. driving

    no he was not aBaby'as you are Baby

    February 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Danny

    Those sharks must be gay. If I was a shark id only eat girls.

    February 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TrollSmasher

    Wow.. the trolls never let up do they...

    February 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Yabba

    "Hey Snarky, isn;t that the guy who came up with SharkShield? It is. Let's do what we gotta do."

    February 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TGLAZ

    What I find extra ironic about this is that some people are saying, "You guys are such moronic little kids, a dude died have some respect!". 73 MILLION sharks are killed for human consumption every year.....I don't mind if they get revenge once in a while.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/01/30/shark.finning/?iref=obnetwork

    February 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBK

      Agreed. Here in California, there's a proposed state law [AB376] to ban the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins. Still, It's puzzling to me not to go down in a cage regardless.... Nature does not forgive carelessness.. I'm sad for the guy's family,,,

      February 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      are you stupid buddy? its a shark its not a human being. Being humane means being compassionate about one another. except for you i guess. you are more interested in the sharks well being.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Counter-point – one human life is worth more than every vicious shark that has ever lived. Exterminate them all.

      Since you love sharks so much, why don't you go hug one?

      February 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Ignorance is bliss, Will. I can think of more than a few humans I'd rather see off the planet. Rapists, murderers, lazy people living off the government, etc. Exterminating all sharks would wreak havoc with the most ecosystems, but that may be too much for you to fathom.

      Will
      Counter-point – one human life is worth more than every vicious shark that has ever lived. Exterminate them all.
      Since you love sharks so much, why don't you go hug one?

      February 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      couter-point-one shark life is worth more than every vicious human that ever lived. externinate all poachers!!

      February 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moxie

      I will agree to what you say. We as humans think that we are the only reason this world was created and that we should come before any other living thing, but what you don't realize is that there is a whole universe that has a possibility of containing life and humans are nothing more than an atom in the scheme of things. I feel bad for the guys family, but did he really expect the sharks to say " ohh free meal... I think I'll pass..." Sharks have survived for hundreds of thousands of years because they are PREDATORS and humans should realize that we are NOT on top of the food chain. This was the guys job, and he screwed up big time. If the guy from the power company was stupid enough to not wear his gloves and grab a powerline and electrocute himself... would you say that the whole world should live without electricity because it claimed a human life. No? Well then you should know that electricity kills way more people a year than sharks!

      February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • redd52

      i find it hard to believe if it was your sibling or parent that you would feel the same way...

      February 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John R

      ...now if only they could somehow get revenge on those who deserve it, not an abalone farmer...

      February 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      You self-hating humans are all a riot.

      Catch all sharks, kill them, and can them!

      February 19, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Revenge? Maybe that would make sense on some level if they had killed a shark poacher. They killed one of the good guys, a marine researcher who was probably always going around saying, "Save the sharks!" prior to his death.

      It wasn't revenge, it was a killing by an animal with no conception of good or evil, just hunger and instinct.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gort01

      I agree...so a diver was killed....the vast number os sharks mercilessly killed for shark fin soup....and other "delicacies" dont care if a diver of two or ten or hundred get eaten in the process...

      March 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • truesoy

      TGLAZ, what are you saying, 'revenge' of the chickens is next? is KFC aware?

      March 19, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Al Beritebak

    Don't end up a shaaak's brikfust, mite!

    February 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Casual

    Clarkson must have just eaten a Snickers

    February 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Murph

      ...and he was delicious.

      February 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
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