Charlestown Patch: The 1970s New England Aquarium commercial famously promised the aquarium could show you how to walk like a penguin, but it said nothing about jumping into a tank filled with a shark, giant turtles and other aquatic animals.
A Quincy man got himself into hot water on Thursday when he jumped into the Giant Ocean Tankat the New England Aquarium.
Stephen Pellegrine, 51, was arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct,reported Fox25.
Pellegrine, who staff said appeared intoxicated, jumped over a wall and went into the tank, which is 26 feet deep.
Staff ordered him out of the tank, but the Quincy man reportedly swam for several minutes, Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, told The Boston Globe.
The man and aquatic animals were not harmed.
God bless you Stephen Pellegrine. You sir are a king among men. Sure a lot of us have seen that giant tank at the Boston Aquarium and said to ourselves, “Imagine what it would be like to jump in there,” but you’re the only one drunk enough to actually go through with it. You simply have to respect this guy for what he did. He didn’t just jump in and then get right out for the thrill of it. Oh no….He took his sweet ass time. Did a couple laps. Played in the coral reef. You think he’s getting out because some kid making $9 an hour is telling him to? Think again. He didn’t get all liquored up, sneak into the museum without paying, and jump into to a tank with sharks for an in and out situation.
Do you even realize the tail this is gonna get this guy? Obviously this is the kind of guy who enjoys the late night company of gap toothed women who don’t love him. He is basically Joe Namath of the Quincy dive bar scene now. He’ll be telling this story for years and likely it will keep the Quincy senior smokeshows coming well into his 60’s.
I wish I would get called to be on a jury like this. No way I’m convicting this guy, as long as he didn’t say “YOLO.” How can you? He lived the dream. Plus, I’ve been riding a turtle for the last 106 years, so who am I to judge? Once you ride the magical turtle you never go back. Someday he will tell his children who he’s never met how he swam with the sharks. Then he will make them get him another beer.
Congrats Stephen Pellgrine. You won the weekend!!