Jim Abernethy, award-winning underwater photographer, filmmaker, and author, is a pioneer in shark encounters, without a cage. Starting at a young age, scuba diving served as an inspiration for his life’s mission as a conservationist and has enabled him to interact with some of the most notorious sharks. For decades, he has been running photography/video expeditions to engage with the world’s largest predatory sharks-Abernethy pioneered shark encounters without a cage (day and night) with tiger sharks, great hammerheads, oceanic white tips, bull, and lemon sharks. It should be noted that Jim is best known as an extremely passionate crusader for their protection.
His award-winning marine life images are often featured in top photography magazines such as Wetpixel and Nature’s Best Photography. Jim lives at sea, in the Bahamas, running shark expeditions and wild dolphin encounters year round on his boat, “Shear Water.” His dive business, Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures Inc., is based in West Palm Beach, FL.
Abernethy has hosted many of the world’s top nature filmmakers and magazines such as Imax, National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Animal Planet, and the Discovery Channel. He owns the “Marine Life Art Gallery” in West Palm Beach, FL, where his captivating images and educational books are available. When he’s not below sea level, Jim is often seen piloting his flying inflatable boat (ultra-light), “Oversear,” in order to capture nature at sea with his lens from an aerial perspective.
While Abernethy is well known as a photographer and passionate conservationist, it’s his unique ability to bring divers up close to some of the world’s largest predatory sharks, turning them into strong passionate ambassadors to save them, which sets him apart from all others. His relentless pursuit of his life’s mission is to save the planet’s ocean creatures, starting with sharks, through his photography, books, films, and presentations.