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Police Looking for Guy Who Skinny Dipped With Sharks

He was caught on video jumping naked into tank at Toronto aquarium
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2018 1:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – "I was scared I was going to witness the death of this guy": That's what one visitor had to say after a man decided to go skinny dipping with the sharks at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. The man stripped down and then went over a security barrier and jumped, completely naked, into the Toronto aquarium's largest exhibit Friday night. It's called the "Dangerous Lagoon," and a spokesperson for Toronto Police Service tells the CBC the man's stunt was, in fact, "extremely dangerous" to him, the marine animals in the tank, and the staff that tried to get him out of the water. The aquarium was open late at the time for its Friday Night Jazz program.

Security personnel asked the swimmer to exit the water but he instead swam to the edge, got out, then did a backward flip right back in. "The guy seemed totally relaxed and there were sharks like everywhere," the aforementioned witness notes. Eventually, the man did get out, put his clothes back on, and slipped into a crowd of onlookers. Security had called police, but the man was gone by the time they arrived; they are currently investigating the incident. They want to speak to the man, and the police rep says he could face charges including trespassing, mischief, and indecent exposure. The aquarium says it will press charges if the man is found, the Toronto Star reports. (This shark likes the taste of plants more than meat.)

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