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Video captures man skinny dipping with sharks at Ripley’s aquarium

A video of a man who went skinny dipping with sharks in the largest exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in downtown Toronto late Friday evening has attracted thousands of views online.

The minute-long video posted on YouTube shows the man take off all his clothes and dive into the Dangerous Lagoon, a 2.9 million litre tank that offers an underwater gallery to dozens of marine animals.

Sand tiger sharks, green sawfish, green sea turtles, green moray eels and other species of tropical fish are among those housed in the tank, according to the aquarium’s website.

Security at the popular tourist attraction asked the man to leave shortly before 10:30 p.m., but he refused, said Jenifferjit Sidhu, a spokesperson for Toronto Police Service.

Instead, he swam to the edge of the enclosure and exited the tank, before plunging backwards into the water, she told CBC Toronto on Monday.

A visitor captured the man’s aquatic adventure. The video has received more than 2,000 views on YouTube.

The naked man can be seen doing the the breaststroke on the surface of the water while sand tiger sharks swim within inches of his feet.

On-site security called police, said Sidhu.

But before officers arrived, the man got out of the water, put on his clothes and left the aquarium. No marine animals were harmed during the stunt, Sidhu said.

The aquarium stays open late on the second Friday of every month for an event called “Friday Night Jazz,” which has a cash bar.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident. CBC Toronto has reached to Ripley’s aquarium, but hasn’t received a response.

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