Imagine this: You’re in scuba gear, swimming through turquoise, crystal-clear water — when all of a sudden, shapes appear from behind the rocks and coral. They have sharp-looking fins and enormous mouths. And they’re swimming right at you.
If you’re like most people, this is probably a vision straight out of your nightmares. Deep underwater, facing down a school of oncoming sharks? No thank you!
But then, Jim Abernathy isn’t like most people.
Abernathy is a shark conservationist, and he’s working to show people that sharks aren’t the aggressive, bloodthirsty killers the media often makes them out to be.
Sharks can absolutely be dangerous and should be treated with respect, but Abernathy wants to show the world they have another side, too.
Most people who want to get up close and personal with sharks do so from the (completely understandable) safety of a diving cage, like the diver who saw a truly massive great white.
But Abernathy, being a trained professional, literally dives into the water with them.
And what do the sharks think about all this? It turns out some sharks are enjoying the slightly more positive press that Abernathy is bringing them.
He recently swam with a group of tiger sharks that were more than happy to see him — and not because they were hungry.
Be sure to watch the magical moment in the video below!
[H/T: National Geographic]