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. sam

    this man was an apparent burgler and peeping tom, breaking into this shark's home to have a peek. he also is involved in abalone trafficking. he is a menace to aquatic society and the shark obviously acted in self-defense after he intruded into its home. thankfully the shark was armed to defend itself from this predator.

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

    Should outlaw sharks!

    February 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Guest


    February 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TheGreatWhiteHype

    Why does it have to be a white shark? Racist pigs...

    February 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Great White Shark

      Us white guys just can't catch a break anymore...wth?!?

      February 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    I'm team shark. It's their territory out in the ocean. Once we swim out there – anything goes. You're at the sharks mercy. Kind of wild two attacked him.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hooper

    Farewell and adieu to ye abalone-divin' retard, farewell and adieu to ye retard of pain.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Quint

    Sharks in the water......retards in the water.....our retard.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Xasthur

    Haha, loser got killed by a couple of dumb animals.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Art

    Snickers and peanut butter...

    February 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BRODY

    we're gonna need a bigger boat

    February 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brody

    A friend of mine, dally-dooly once........gave him a nudge.............his abalone had been bitten in two.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roy Horn

      If you play with the big cats...eventually you get bit

      February 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CaptainKhos

    Not even shark week.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brody

    We're gonna need a bigger brain.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      @Brody: Brillaint!

      February 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • smb04d

      hahahaha! It's funny cause it's true

      February 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BRODY

    i know what a shark looks like because i've seen one up close....and better do something about this one because i don't plan on going through that hell again...

    February 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo Jones

      Much respect for the Jaws2 knowledge!

      February 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Who Dat!

    I like turtles!

    February 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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