Upon coming across a 50,000 pound whale shark on a routine fishing trip, most people would quickly turn around and go the other way.
Not Chris Kreis.
During a recent fishing trip off the coast of Captiva, Fla., Kreis came face-to-face with an enormous whale shark. But he wasn't satisfied with just catching a glimpse of the monstrosity. He wanted to go for a ride. So Kreis jumped in and grabbed onto the shark for a quick ride.
"When I started holding on I felt the whale shark it started moving itself, it felt the drag and it didn't really want me on there so I let go and that's it," the 19-year-old Kreis told Fort Myers' NBC 2 in a rather nonchalant tone for someone who had just ridden a shark.
The video of Kreis' ride quickly went viral. Check it out below:
What Kreis did is not illegal, but marine biologist Bruce Neill told NBC 2 that it could be harmful for the animal.
Now that he knows he could hurt the shark by riding it, Kreis told NBC 2 that if he were to see the animal again, he would jump in but make sure to stay away.Full Story >>