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Florida man rides whale shark

By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   June 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Chris Kreis, 19, was fishing with his family off the coast of Captiva, Fla., when they saw a 30-foot, 50,000-pound whale shark swim past the boat. Since whale sharks are gentle creatures, Kreis decided to go for a swim.

“I decided, you know what, maybe I should go try and swim with him. I might not be able to do it ever again,” Kreis told ABC News on Monday.

The intrepid teen described the ride to NBC 2 in Fort Myers: "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."

Though riding whale sharks is legal, Kreis' actions have garnered criticism from environmentalists.

“When people spend a lot of time and a lot of pressure on a fish, it takes away that slime covering and potentially has negative health impacts for the fish,” one marine biologist said.

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