Shark Shepherd

52-year-old Jim Abernethy from Florida 35 years of his life was spent next to the largest and most dangerous sharks in the world. Some sharks even followed at his heels like a dog. Jim used his relationship with the sharks in order to take photos of predators in their natural habitat in the Bahamas, Mexico and South Africa, and published a book with your photos – “Shark near.”

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1. All photos were taken during the past 10 years. Jim spends an average of 320 days a year, close to the sharks.

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2. This photograph shows sharp teeth shark on the surface, the coast of Tiger Beach, Bahamas.

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3. “I spend 11 months on board the ship and another month in Nature,” explains Jim. “I have no life … no kids and wife, no nothing. Over the past 20 years, my life is just to shoot video and take photos of sharks. “

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4. Every day, Jim dives from the ship and swim with the sharks on 5-6 hours a day, making pictures and serving as a conduit for their clients.

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5. He even has a flying boat, called Oversear, which is a modification of ultralight aircraft with a boat instead of wheels. Jim uses Oversear to take off from the surface of the ocean and take pictures of underwater animals from the air.

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6. Photo jambĀ  gray shark was taken from a flying boat off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida.

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7. Jim makes his living by renting a boat to hire a professional wildlife photographer and television groups. All of them hope to look at the most powerful predator of the ocean thanks to Jim’s close relationship with some of the sharks, who recognize him at first sight.

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8. One friendly tiger shark 15 feet long, nicknamed Emma Welcomes Jim, We swim directly to it, so that he patted her head and tickled her stomach.

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9. Carnivorous shark circling near sharp teeth leg of Jim’s so close that most people would have been just a horror.

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10. Tiger shark and shark sharp teeth near the coast of Tiger Beach, Bahamas.

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11. One day Jim was inside one of the sharks. His mouth was sucked into a whale shark, when he photographed her. Jim somehow caught on her lips, allowing him to stay alive.

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12. Jim began to swim with sharks at the age of nine, when grown on a tranquil island Singer, off the coast of Florida. For 12 years he was the Harpoon and regularly dived under the water, which competed with the sharks for food. In the photo: Great white shark off the coast of Guadalupe, Mexico.

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13. “I’ve always been afraid of sharks, but soon realized that if we treat them with respect, they will respond positively. So, I changed my attitude to these predators, “said Jim. “I took my camera and started filming their behavior. I never picked up the harpoon. “

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14. “On average, only four people a year die from shark attacks worldwide. For comparison: 50 – 60 people die each year from dog attacks. And that’s just in the U.S.. “

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15. Jim decided to write his book to tell the children how important contribution to make the sharks in the ecosystem of the oceans. As the main predators, they regulate the amount of other marine animals and help maintain the delicate balance necessary for the health of the ocean.