Footage Shows Naked Man Jumping Into A Shark Tank
A tourist who jumped naked into an aquarium's shark tank and swam around for five minutes has been sentenced.
David Weaver, of British Colombia, Canada, was Ripley's Aquarium in downtown Toronto when he decided to take off his clothes and jump in with the sharks.
Weaver, 38, said that he'd had a 'couple of drinks' before he got in the tank in October last year.
In a video that was posted by an onlooker at the aquarium, he can be seen splashing around in the water as others tourists laugh and cheer. The tank has sawfish, moray eels, turtles and sharks in it.
One person can be heard shouting 'he is completely naked'.
He was then told to get out of the tank by the aquarium's security. He starts heading to the edge of the tank but then does a backwards dive into the water.
He then stayed in the tank for around five more minutes, until he finally left with a female friend.
The whole thing was also captured on CCTV and he was arrested four days later after police managed to identify him.
Weaver pleaded guilty to one count of mischief.
According to CBC News, he told the judge: "I just want to take the time to apologise for wasting your time your honour, the court's time, and for my actions of last year."
The prosecutor admonished him for what he did.
Crown attorney Heather Keating said: "His behaviour was more than foolhardy, it was criminal.
"There is no other explanation other than attention seeking."
When hearing about his background, the court was told that Weaver had a criminal record. He had struggled with alcohol abuse since his brother murdered his father when he was just 15 years old.
According to his lawyer, Blaire Drummie, the murder had a large effect on Weaver's life.
The court was told: "That was part of why he's acted out in the past."
As he spoke, Weaver looked down at a paper clip he was fiddling with.
The court heard that Weaver never had counselling after his father's death.
About 18 years ago, Weaver moved to the area and had worked as a firefighter, tree planter and most recently as a fishing guide on the Pacific Ocean
Drummie said although he's not an animal activist 'he just doesn't like seeing animals in cages'.
"That in combination with excess alcohol is the main reason as to why [he did it.]"
He was given a 12-month suspended sentence. In the meantime he must have counselling and will not be able to return to Ripley's.
When he was leaving court, he suggested to reporters that he did not regret what happened.
"I'll do it again" he joked as he left court.
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