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. Peanut Butter Jelly Man

    The key word is APPARENTLY : The sharks are innocent until proven guilty I guess. Will have to wait till the court discovery sessions to know more.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peanut Butter Jelly Man

    SO the headline is misleading. Was he apparently killed; in other words, not necessarily dead? OR, are they unsure if sharks killed him, in other words, something else tore this tard to shreds? Maybe it was a setup? I smell a conspiracy.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ruff stuff 54

    This is the 2nd time his partner died...serial killer dive master

    February 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    after losing two divers, one should think twice before diving with Captain Howard Rodd

    February 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wolfewalk

    As a diver, you never take it lightly when around Great Whites. He should have taken more precaution and had some type of anti-shark device for added protection. This was carelessness on his part and he paid with his life...

    February 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. coolmoedee

    if this diver was alternative (ie: gay), then the shark attack should be considered a hate crime

    February 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peanut Butter Jelly Man

      They wouldn't attack someone gay, that would not only be a hate crime, but well, think about all the blood....scary.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pj

    Nancy Grace should handle this one....

    February 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Truth

    Two rules of common sense to always obey. First, the thing that can kill you always has the right of way. Example a car heading right at you, you should move out of its way. Second, take all prudent precautions necessary to avoid inacting the first rule. Example don't step out into oncomming traffic. In this case a cage would have been a prudent precaution. You can't argue against it, the stats say it all. How many people died from great white attacks without a cage and how many died from great white attacks while inside a cage?

    February 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve-O

    Naturally, CNN leaves out an important fact: The captain of the boat he was diving from was hospitalized for shock after witnessing Mr. Clarksons' demise.

    February 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. George Jetson

    non se·qui·tur. noun \ˈnän-ˈse-kwə-tər also -ˌtu̇r\. – an inference that does not follow from the premises; example: "Sharks Kill Diver Who Plugged Repel Device".

    February 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dick

    you play with sharks, you get eaten

    February 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. B. Slider

    I know a shark that once tried to eat ABDULLAH THE BUTHCER. The shark gave up after 5 minutes because the meat was too tough, and the portion too big.

    February 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mikey B

    You have city hands, Mr. Hooper. You been countin' money all your life!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. caveman

    Sharks have outlived mass extinctions...and they will outlive humans too. The common sense lesson here is, if there is any kind of danger, no matter how little chance, prepare for it because it CAN happen. He should of gotten in the cage man...

    February 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Darrel

    laguhing at a man's death is not proper, particularly by those of you who have never gone in harms way , however Nature ultimately rules and you got to respect it. Don't punish the shark, learn from the tradegy

    February 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruff stuff 54

      does your mom's house last night count?

      February 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
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