High schooler 'regrets' accepting dare to jump into shark tank at California aquarium

Hope Schreiber

A high school junior appeared remorseful and apologetic after he jumped into a shark tank at the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for what he says was a “dare” and a “bet.”

The Montgomery High School student was captured on video jumping into a shark tank in exchange for cash and a designer belt. He told Fox 5, “I regret it, I didn’t think of the consequences that were going to happen, and I realize it was very dangerous now that I did it.”

While administrators did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment, Sweetwater Union High School District officials told Fox 5 that the incident was “unfortunate and regrettable.” They also clarified that supervisors were present during the trip, but not at the exhibit where the student pulled a Henry Winkler and jumped the shark.

The Living Coast Discovery Center said in a statement that “we are disappointed and saddened by this unfortunate incident but are thankful that no animals or guests were injured.”

The teenager, who remains anonymous, told the outlet that he is looking forward to making it up to the center by performing a required 30 hours of community service.

“An apology to the center that I shouldn’t have done that and I’m sorry for doing that and I hope to make it up some way,” he said. “I’m looking forward to helping them out after what I did. I want to apologize to all the chaperones there and all the teachers that were there, making them look bad. I regret it.”

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