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. Mrs. Brody


    February 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexa

      thumbs up my friend.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Who Dat!

    I like gay turtles!

    February 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu

      I like a little shell now and then myself.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BRODY

    i like turtles too

    February 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bruce Smith

    Anyone need any IT support?

    February 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kutty

      Please let me know what kind of IT services do you offer.Thanks

      February 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conservative Evangelical

      This message came up on the TV screen on my computer and it told me that I had infections!!! So I went to the doctor and got checked out and he said I was fine. I went back home and the stupid TV screen kept telling me that I had more infections! I took the rat and moved the pointer to point on scan for threats and it told me I had infections!! What am I supposed to do? I have to go to church on Sunday!

      February 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mrs. Brody

    I'll find this shark for ya. But its gonna cost ya. Ya wanna pony up?......or play it cheap, and be eatin abalone all winter.......

    February 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WADIM

    I must break you

    February 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mrs. Brody

    This indicates the frenzied feeding of a large squallus on an ablone-diving dunce. This was no boat attack, and it wasnt Jack the Ripper either......it was a dunce-craving Shark.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BRODY

    i'll value my skin more that 3000 bucks, chief

    February 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Darwin

      Stop riding my coattails, Brody.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Brody

      Less typing...more cleaning woman!

      February 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Quincey9

    "With Shark Shield a less than brilliant success and cages being expensive and difficult to work with Clarkson had been testing a new product not yet on the market. The new 'Fool-A-Fish' was the brain child of a group of marine biologists and Clarkson was chosen for the initial tests.
    It soon became clear that the design of the product, a costume designed to look like a happy seal balancing a ball on it's nose while barking loudly and clapping it's flippers, needed some refining and may possibly be headed back to the R&D dept for further discussion".

    February 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharks *snap* *snap* *snap*

      You made me laugh and feel sad at the same time.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mrs. Darwin

    Survival of the hungriest 🙂

    February 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Darwin

      That's right woman, now get back to the kitchen and make me some DINNER!

      February 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bruce Smith

    If loving the lord is wrong, then I don't want to be right!

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

    you go in the cage, cage goes in the water, shark is in the water...our shark....farewell and adieu to you fare spanish ladies....

    February 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Brody

      BRODY sucks at life; I married a pillowbiter

      February 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quincey9

      And, you know, the thing about a shark... he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces

      February 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      you "fair" Spanish ladies. Let Polly do the printing.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bruce Smith

    I've got a blowup shark in my bathtub.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BRODY

    who dat gonna beat the saints???

    February 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BRODY

    i've got the doll to match...maybe the shark can eat it

    February 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
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