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Another shark tale

Shark Does Jim Abernethy take children out on cageless, chum-baited shark dives? Evidence points that way. An underwater photographer that uses the handle “debersole” posted the following note on a diving message board back on Sept. 12:

I agree that the tigers are impressive, but I've been to Tiger Beach with my wife and kids (ages 11 and 15 at the time) and did not feel threatened.

My daughter and I even did a night tiger shark dive which was very cool.

Yes, you need to show them respect but Jim does a great job at tiger beach. The summer trips are often shark/dolphin and some of those trips include a day or two at Tiger Beach while others do not. I agree -- know what you are comfortable with and know what you are signing up for.

Granted, a message board post is far from conclusive, but it certainly raises fresh questions about the dive operator who recently had a Austrian tourist killed by a shark during a trip to the Bahamas.

Thanks to reader J.S. for pointing this out.

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Mike O.

What possible use does this serve other than to pointelessly inflame the situation. With only one message board post, you have basically accused a dive operator of personally endangering children. What next, get him to register as a sex offender? I would think there are more pressing issues "behind the police lines" that you might instead apply your journalistic talents to?

j Smith

I think you hit the nail on the head in a weird way Mike O. The reporter didn't even indirectly imply that he endangered children. Your mind made the connection based on the evidence. That should tell you something.

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