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. Mmmmm

    So the shark ordered up waterfries to go at the drive thru boat....

    February 18, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. MAtt

    "He was a fitness and health fanatic" LMAO

    February 18, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • displeased

      Why is that funny?

      February 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith

      @displeased People who are grotesquely out of shape think its amusing when people who lived healthy lives die. It's their way of feeling good about being so disgusting.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Quint

    Farwell and adoo to you fair spanish ladies.....

    February 18, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Megan

    The failure to include the word "by" in the headline on the CNN home page, drastically changes the nature of this article. "Shark expert killed great white" is slightly different than SHark expert killed BY great white." Interesting editing.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Eric Nicolas

    I wonder if the sharks were human experts

    February 18, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. TexasNomad

    Hmm...Rodd's 2nd partner to die in the sea....hmmm...This guy Rodd is making out like a bandit....partnering with other business owners who turn up dead...The whole thing reeks of chum...

    February 18, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jack

    Wonder if it was the Snickers Squares?

    February 18, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. rick

    Abalone shell isn't lined with mother of pearl, it's lined with abalone. Mother of pearl shell is lined with mother of pearl.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Durex

      Nobody likes a smart@ss, but we do love it when you're wrong. Abalones, and certain other mollusks, produce nacre (aka mother of pearl) which lines the inside of their shell. Fail.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The abalones

    That's what you get for messin' with us! Try it again and I'll call my buddies again! They'll chew you good!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ItsJustMe

      This made me laugh out loud. Sorry for the guy's family, though. I just pictured an animated clip of the abalones with New York accents threatening other divers. Classic.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brody

    You're gonna need a bigger boat..

    February 18, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    You should change the link on cnn.com to this article, it states "Shark Expert Killed Great Whites", instead of "Great Whites kill shark expert."

    February 18, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Craig

    The headline on the Front Door says "Shark Expert Killed Great Whites". Missing the 'By'. Kind of reverses the story.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. jtr

    FRONT PAGE HEADLINE FAIL. It says Shark Expert Killed Great Whites. So, I assumed, as an expert, he must've done some research involving killing them. The article was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE THE FRONT PAGE HEADLINE SAYS. I swear, do you guys have semi-trained monkeys doing web editing?

    February 18, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      "Shark expert killed great whites" Behold the power of a missing word.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dana

    wow people these days!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. TR

    Beast8161 – you and your kind are the ones who need to be hunted down and killed, until extinct.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
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