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Jim Abernethy: Conservationist & “Shark Whisperer”

You may have seen his footage on the popular Discovery Channel event “Shark Week” or somewhere on National Geographic, but Jim is much more than a marine life cinematographer. Considered one of the top shark behaviorists in the world, Jim Abernethy is often times called the “Shark Whisperer” for his pioneering of the cageless shark dive and the remarkable amount of in-water time he has accumulated with these large predatory animals. Jim’s primary focus on shark conservation arises from his decades-long interaction with these beautiful, and highly endangered, creatures. Abernethy is an award winning underwater photographer, filmmaker, author, business owner, public speaker and philanthropist who works relentlessly to change the perception of human interaction with sharks. Author, publisher, and photographer of the book “Sharks Up Close”, Jim’s work has been used as an educational tool for lobbyists, congress and the US Senate on the topic of shark finning and over fishing. Jim has been featured on many of the world’s top nature filmmakers and magazines such as IMAX, National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Animal Planet, and the Discovery Channels popular event “Shark Week”. In fact, one of the films produced by Abernethy “This is Your Ocean: Sharks” was a winner of the 2012 New Port Beach film festival and 2011 Award Winner for Special Achievement in Environmental Filmmaking.

Abernethy also works with non-profit organizations and his efforts have resulted in the creation of WildlifeVOICE and Operation Blue Pride. Through each of these organizations, Jim works with veterans, children and those who are disabled by helping them experience and learn about the beauty of our oceans. WildlifeVOICE seeks to engage and educate youth, as well as physically challenged people, (Project Seahorse & Rising Tide) by introducing them to our oceans and inspiring them to become “ocean ambassadors.” The mission of Operation Blue Pride is to save both veterans and our ocean’s creatures through in-water activities, wildlife encounters, education, outreach and direct action. On top of his philanthropic efforts, Jim has been an instrumental advocate in getting the Blue Heron Bridge recognized as a marine sanctuary. His efforts have resulted in a massive amount of Diving and Snorkeling Tourism in the town of Riviera Beach. In 2008, Abernethy, in collaboration with Shawn Heinrichs, discovered the world’s largest aggregation of whale sharks in Isla Mujeres, Mexico . This helped an impoverished fishing village become a bustling area sustained by ecotourism.

Jim is an inspirational figure for shark & ocean conservation around the world and has worked diligently to ensure that these valuable natural resources remain in tact for future generations to come. Thank you Jim Abernethy for your astounding efforts in Palm Beach County and around the world!

Check out his video about the Amazing Creatures Under the Blue Heron Bridge above…

 

Singer Island Outdoor Center Now Open at Phil Foster Park

Singer Island Outdoor Center Logo 2SIOC Building

RIVIERA BEACH, FL — Residents and visitors to Singer Island and the greater West Palm Beach area now have another outlet to get outside and enjoy the waterways that make the area so appealing in the first place.  The Singer Island Outdoor Center, in a partnership with Under the Bridge Watersports, Little Deeper Dive Charters, and Scuba Ventures Management has, been awarded the Park Concessionaire rights for Phil Foster Park, one of Palm Beach County’s public parks and a jewel for the outdoorsman or outdoorswoman that is part fish!   The new location will offer a plethora of activities including, kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling lessons, rentals and tours.  The new retail shop located at the Northernmost end of Phil Foster Park, will also boast a fully outfitted dive shop along with daily dive trips on Little Deeper, a seasoned dive boat with veteran dive professionals.  The amazing snorkeling and diving to be found under the Blue Heron Blvd bridge has already established Phil Foster Park as the go-to spot for divers, and now they have an official dive shop at their doorstep.  The park’s close proximity to Peanut Island also offers paddlers the chance to paddleboard or kayak very easily to the historic and beautiful island, while exploring the other sites throughout the northern end of the Lake Worth Lagoon.  If the Outdoor Center name sounds familiar, it is because the Singer Island Outdoor Center is the second location for it’s parent company, the Jupiter Outdoor Center located just 25 minutes north of the new location on the Jupiter Inlet.

Quote: “This was a very natural pairing of like-minded individuals, companies, and community resources, all coming together to really offer people in the area a safe and friendly one-stop-shop to experience the outdoors and marine life that abounds here!  So come out and paddle, snorkel, or SCUBA with us, and see what it is all about for yourselves!” – Ryan Sullivan, Director of Operations. Singer Island Outdoor Center.

The Singer Island Outdoor Center will be open for rentals and lessons open 7 days a week, 9:00am to 5:00pm and the retail shop, dive charters, and snorkeling tours are open 7 days a week, depending on the tides. For more information, you can call the Singer Island Outdoor Center at 561-839-5130, email them at singerislandoutdoorcenter@gmail.com or stop by Phil Foster Park located at 900 E Blue Heron Blvd, Riviera Beach, FL 33404.

About the Jupiter Outdoor Center

Founded in 1997, the Jupiter Outdoor Center provides quality outdoor adventures and a place to rent kayaks, paddleboards, and embark on guided eco-tours. Located at 1116 Love Street, Jupiter FL 33477, with its beach located directly across the waterway from the Jupiter Lighthouse, the Jupiter Outdoor Center is the perfect spot to launch a kayak, take a Stand Up Paddleboarding Lesson, enjoy a guided tour and even send your kids to camp. Contact the Jupiter Outdoor Center at 561-747-0063 or book your rentals and tours online at www.jupiteroutdoorcenter.com.