Ocean Education Publishing is a collaboration between award-winning photographer and conservationist Jim Abernethy and award-winning author and conservationist Jennifer R. Nolan. The pair are working together to bring audiences a series of engaging and educational books about threatened marine life species. To date, they have published "The Secret of Pig Island, Sea Turtles Up Close, and Sharks Up Close.
JIM is an award-winning underwater photographer, filmmaker, author 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 running photography/videography expeditions to engage with the world’s largest predatory sharks – Abernethy hosts cage-free dive expeditions (day/night) with tiger, great hammerheads, oceanic white tips, bull, and lemon sharks - he is best known as an extremely passionate crusader for their protection and has received numerous awards for his lifelong dedication as a marine life conservationist. To see him in action with a 14 ft. tiger shark, visit the video link: http://youtu.be/gEu1qsFMOdk.
His award-winning marine life images are often featured in the world’s top nature magazines. Additionally, Abernethy’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.
The “Marine Life Art Gallery” in West Palm Beach, Florida, is where his captivating images and educational books are on display and available. When Jim’s not below sea level, he is often seen piloting his 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, he is also celebrated for his unique ability to bring divers from around the world up close to some of the ocean’s largest predatory sharks –in turn, his clients are often inspired to become passionate ambassadors for sharks and our oceans at large.
Jim’s relentless efforts around conservation have resulted in the creation of two non-profits: Wildlife Voice and Operation Blue Voice.
The mission of Operation Blue Pride is to save both veterans as well as our ocean’s creatures through collaboration. Wildlife Voice seeks to engage and educate our youth, as well as physically challenged people, (Project Seahorse & Rising Tide – Shark Pride) by introducing them to our oceans and inspiring them to become “ocean ambassadors.” Jim mostly 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.
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JENNIFER is an award-winning author and passionate environmentalist. She currently collaborates with world-renowned shark expert and nature photographer Jim Abernethy on a series of books aimed at engaging and educating young readers about the environment and endangered species; their award-winning titles include: Sea Turtles Up Close, Sharks Up Close, and The Secret of Pig Island.
In addition to writing, Jennifer works with a team of artists and activists at OPS (Oceanic Preservation Society) where she serves as Dir. of Strategic Engagement and board Chair. Their mission is to expose complex global environmental issues and promote advocacy through the use of cutting edge media and storytelling. OPS is a small non-profit best known for it’s 2009 Academy Award-winning film, The Cove, and it’s most recent release, Racing Extinction, which aired on Discovery and reached 36 million viewers.
Jennifer is also a regular guest speaker with Skype in the Classroom – an educational, online platform that connects millions of students and teachers worldwide with speakers from a myriad of professional arenas. Her presentations focus on endangered sea turtles, the importance of healthy oceans, and the need for our global community to take action around climate change, pollution, and overfishing.
Since the late 1980s, Jennifer has served on multiple non-profit boards, ranging from The United States Fund for UNICEF and Maine Audubon, to the Celine Cousteau Film Fellowship and BlueVoice. Additionally, in March of 2016 she joined the Rockefeller Brother’s Fund as a Trustee. Born and raised in New York, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 1986. She and husband, John Nolan, moved to Maine in 1988 where they have raised their four sons over the past twenty-six years.