Quincy Man Arrested after Swimming in Aquarium Shark Tank

BOSTON ,MA. 06/ 14/ 13: A view of the giant tank at the New England Aquarium ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 12aquarium(1)
A view of the giant tank at the New England Aquarium.

A Quincy man who jumped into a tank containing a shark at the New England Aquarium Thursday afternoon was arrested.

Stephen Pellegrine, 51, jumped into the large center tank around 6:30 p.m., NECN reports. Aquarium staff immediately demanded that he exit the water, but they say he “swam around for several minutes” before complying.

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Erica Brody, an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, told My Fox Boston the fish tank was 27 feet deep.

NECN reports:

Pellegrine was arraigned Friday in Boston Municipal Court on trespass and disorderly conduct charges. He was held on $1500 cash bail and ordered to submit a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Aquarium staff told FOX 25 that none of the animals in the tank were harmed. Pellegrine must stay away from the aquarium.