Speaker Series Features Conservationist and Shark Enthusiast Jim Abernathy, Aug. 12

The Appleton Museum of Art continues the monthly Inspired Speakers Series with Jim Abernathy on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. These monthly presentations feature individuals who not only excel in their fields, but are also an inspiration to others.

Abernathy is an award-winning author, photographer, cinematographer and conservationist who pioneered shark encounters without a cage. Starting at a young age, scuba diving served as an inspiration for his life’s mission as a conservationist. For decades, he has been leading photography/videography expeditions to engage with the world’s largest predatory sharks. Abernathy hosts cage-free dive expeditions day and night with tiger, great hammerheads, oceanic white tips, bull, and lemon sharks and he is best known as an extremely passionate crusader for their protection. He has received numerous awards for his lifelong dedication as a marine life conservationist. His relentless efforts around conservation have resulted in the creation of two nonprofits: WildlifeVOICE and Operation Blue Pride.

His award-winning marine life images are often featured in the world’s top nature magazines. Additionally, Abernathy’s expedition clients include many of the world’s top nature filmmakers and magazines such as Imax, National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel.

In addition to being a talented photographer, he has authored several books featuring his stunning photographs: “Sea Turtles – Up Close,” “Sharks – Up Close” and “The Secret of Pig Island.” These books will be available for purchase in the Appleton Store, and a book signing with Abernathy will follow the talk.

Tickets are free for Appleton members and College of Central Florida students; $10 for nonmembers. Advance reservation or purchase is recommended at AppletonMuseum.org or by calling Griselle Gonzalez at 352-291-4455, ext. 1836.

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