The British Columbia man, who was accused of stripping naked and swimming in the shark tank at Ripley’s Aquarium, AKA the Ripley's Skinny Dipper has been allowed to return home to continue his job...as a fishing guide.
David Weaver was arrested for a number of offenses in October 2018, after allegedly assaulting a man in Toronto, before heading to Ripley’s Aquarium in the city and stripping off to swim with the sharks. Weaver was charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm, mischief under $5,000 and mischief interfering with property.
The shark-swim story caught the attention of the world last year, when videos emerged on social media of a nude man, said to be Weaver, swimming in the aquarium tank. In the enclosure, the man was surrounded by sand tiger sharks, sawfish and moray eels.
In the video, which was widely circulated on YouTube, shows Weaver treading water above the potentially-dangerous sea creatures. Seemingly unaware of these dangers, Weaver appears relaxed and even manages a semi-backflip. According to initial reports on Reddit, the man was 'pretty intoxicated'.
Speaking after a short hearing in court today, Weaver’s lawyer, Blair Drummie said “He’s a good guy, he really is. He loves fishing. He’s a fishing guide.” Drummie confirmed that Weaver had returned home to B.C. early last month. This follows a stint in Burlington, Ontario where Weaver was required to live with his mother to comply with his bail conditions.
“He did well on his first stint on bail, didn’t break any conditions and he found employment,” Drummie said. He noted that the Crown attorney had allowed Weaver to go home to BC and that he had also been ordered to seek counseling for alcohol abuse and anger management.
Weaver will return to court on August 7, before a two-day trial that has been set for September 19-20.