Jim Abernethy, award-winning photographer, filmmaker, publisher author and most importantly conservationist is a pioneer in cageless shark encounters with the world's largest predatory sharks. For decades, he has been running photography/video ecotourism expeditions while always pushing for conservation. Abernethy pioneered cageless shark encounters (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.
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. His favorite film "Tales by Light, Misunderstood Predators" can be seen on Netflix. This film features one of his discoveries in 2002... the affectionate side of sharks! He uses affection to gain the sharks trust in order to get them close enough to remove their hooks. He has removed hundreds of hooks from 8 different species so far. 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.