DIV­ING BACK INTO TROU­BLED WATERS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - News - By An­drew Fen­ton

DAVID “Bucky” Buck­land says Port Lin­coln lo­cals used to make fun of the abalone divers, jok­ing about how they all made a for­tune work­ing just a cou­ple of months a year.

And that may be true, but it wasn’t un­til Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel’s Abalone Wars shone a spot­light on the in­dus­try that peo­ple re­alised just how dan­ger­ous abalone-div­ing can be.

The South­ern Ocean is home to more sharks per square kilo­me­tre than al­most any­where in the world, and Bucky (be­low) has lost four loved ones – fam­ily and friends – to them over the years.

Any­one who has watched the se­ries would won­der why the divers keep risk­ing their lives.

“It’s a pretty good life­style – good money, plenty of time off,” Bucky says. “I en­joy div­ing and I don’t know what else I can do at my age.

“Ask Greg Pick­er­ing [who re­turns for sea­son five af­ter a se­ries away] the same ques­tion – I mean, he’s been in­side of one [in 2013, a shark bit Pick­er­ing on the head and shoul­der, and left one of its teeth in his eye].

“There’s no way I’d still be do­ing it if that hap­pened to me.”

ABALONE WARS

WED­NES­DAY, 8.30PM, DIS­COV­ERY CHAN­NEL

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