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. biff

    another dumb-ass bites the dust.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. CT

    The headline on the main page says "Shark expert killed great whites". In fact, he was killed BY great whites. The omission of one word changed the entire meaning of the headline. Epic online editor fail.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • AM75

      totally agree. They are too busy writing the next stupid Kardashian story or getting the latest scoop on Bieber.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. PCola Vet

    I guarantee he wasn't wearing Shark Shield. They work like a charm. My question would be WHY wasn't he????

    February 18, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Because people have been conditioned from by sources like Disney and their anthropomophising to think animals are human and will respond like humans. Morons. Darwin wins again.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Johnboy

    "Shark expert killed great whites"
    You guys couldn't spring for a couple more letters. I mean how much could a 'b' and a 'y' cost?

    February 18, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      If standard Wheel of Fortune rules apply, neither of those letters should cost anything more than a spin of the wheel.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    His testimonial can stil be seen in the google cache: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:49_oz1Qr_NUJ:sharkshield.com/%3F/m/testimonials+http://sharkshield.com/%3F/m/testimonials&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&source=www.google.com
    Looks like sharkshield.com has something to hide...

    February 18, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    The internet doesn't forget: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:7BTbOysh4dAJ:sharkshield.com/%3F/m/testimonials/itemID/248+http://sharkshield.com/%3F/m/testimonials/itemID/248&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&source=www.google.com

    February 18, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    One can only wonder why he did not use protection.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Durex

      Guys tend to avoid wearing "protection" whenever possible – and end up paying the price

      February 18, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Glem Pashni

    Bless the deceased. Many of the comments here show signs of mental illness.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Davis

      That's right Glem, you appear to be mentally ill. (only kidding..... I couldn't help it..... I'm only human, I think.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. J

    Clarkson, it is time for a career change...

    February 18, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. notborncynical

    Sounds like after a few hundred dives he became over confident – this was bound to happen at some point.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. T S

    Nice headline on the home page of CNN- "Shark expert killed great whites"

    I think a word or two is missing. How about a "by" in there somewhere?

    February 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ron

    CNN needs to proof read their headlines. At first I thought a shark expert kills sharks, but then the next headline explains that a shark killed the shark expert. I know the experts say sharks do not go looking for you and won't hunt for you, so you do not need to fear them eating you. Duh, when you swim in the ocean you are out of your habitat and into the habitat of aquatic animals that eat and breed there. When you are in the ocean, you are nothing but bait, either to be tasted or to be eaten. Humans are meant to live in their own habitat, not in the ocean. There are already more than enough dangers there to deal with.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • JimiC

      Sharks don't hunt you? You've obviously never seen Jaws! Proof that they hold grudges and will hunt you down...

      February 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Beast8161

    This is why every shark on the planet should be killed. they serve no useful purpose other than to make sharkskin boots. Sharks, like crocodiles and alligators are useless. They kill without regard and provide nothing useful to humanity until they are dead. Every single shark and every single crocodile and alligator should be hunted down and exterminated.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • R

      I hope you're joking, Beast8161. Given the extreme comments here it's hard to tell. There are numerous studies out there proving the absolute necessity of the top predator in healthy ecosystems. They keep the entire system healthy and are essential to our planet. Every population in the food pyramid would suffer without them – eventually leading to us, as their absence would impact fish populations, etc.. We as humans need to remain aware of the risks of putting ourselves in their environments -defenseless. I'm sure this man knew the risks. You hike on the ntl parks? Then you respect and bears and Mt lions. You swim int he ocean? Then you respect the sharks and other dangerous animals. You respect them by educating yourself on how best to avoid them. You don't slaughter them because you're afraid. That is ignorant and just plain nonsensical.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • TR

      Beast8161 – you and your kind are the ones who need to be hunted down and killed until extinct. I would like nothing more than a brief return of Jurassic era to cleanse the earth of ungrateful soles like yourself.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • T-Rex

      Me too!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kenny

    I would say "Another one bites the dust" but that is incorrect. "Shark bites another one". Now that's more like it.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Duecetrips

    What about dude swimming eight miles to shore....? Amazing.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • B

      That's exactly what I was thinking....swimming 8 miles to shore....that IS in fact very amazing!

      February 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
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