West Palm Beach Dive Operator Bitten by Shark

Written by on January 27, 2011 in Other News

Jim Abernethy owns a dive business called Jim Abernathy’s Scuba Adventures Inc., based in West Palm Beach, Florida.  On Wednesday, he was bitten below the elbow during a dive excursion near the Bahamas.  He is recuperating at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach and is doing well.

This incident is raising discussion about the practice called “chumming.”

“To insure the best results we will be ‘chumming’ the water with fish and fish parts,” Abernethy’s website states. “Consequently, there will be food in the water at the same time as the divers.”

The practice was outlawed in Florida in 2001 because of the potential danger and as a result, many dive businesses have relocated to the Bahamas.

To read more about chumming and the recent controversy, check out these links:

In addition, Jim Abernethy was recently selected to be a new member of the Shark Savers Advisory Board along with several new members.  To learn more about Shark Savers visit their website.

Copyright ©  2011 by Marine Science Today, a publication of OceanLines LLC

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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