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.
Video footage of Lil Wayne filming the music video for his single, "God Bless Amerika," is causing controversy.
In the YouTube clip, the 30-year-old rapper stands in front of a large American flag, which drops to the ground revealing a group of people in his native New Orleans. Lil Wayne then repeatedly steps on the flag as he raps.
When the video footage went viral, Twitter users were quick to admonish the performer, who raps "D**n, military minded, lost it can't find it/The stars on the flag are never shinin'" on the track.
"He can say what he want in his anti-America rap but this goes too far!" one said.
"You can't disrespect your country more than stepping all over the flag... Lil Wayne disgusts me," another added.
Others defended the rapper.
"He stepped on that flag by accident," another commenter said.
“All Americans should treat [the flag] with respect,” an American Legion spokesman told the New York Daily News. “It is the American flag that is draped across the coffins of our fallen heroes when they come back from war. In fact, any veteran can have a flag on their coffin. As such, it’s entitled to the highest respect.”
Though Veterans of Foreign Wars rep Randi Law said it wasn't clear whether the flag-stomping incident would appear in the video, the VFW would seek an apology if the scene shows up in the final product.
“You’re clearly not supposed to walk on the American flag and he’s doing that in front of a group of people,” Law said. “I would think the respect of the flag needs to be upheld and clearly it’s not.”
As the world waits with breathless anticipation for any information about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's new baby girl, Oprah's favorite doctor Mehmet Oz opened up about his own experience raising a premature baby.
Dr. Oz, who met up with US Weekly at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, said he had been "following Kim's story."
The "Dr. Oz Show" host said that Kardashian and West would have to "really put the focus" on their newborn.
"We change how a child responds to a world around it in those first few weeks of life, so they ought to really focus in on that little girl," he said.
"It's sacred, those first few months, for all babies but especially for the premature It's a sacred time," he added.
Meanwhile, Kim's sister, Khloe, has promised that the family will share more info about their newest member "when the time is right."
Justin Bieber's camp presented Los Angeles prosecutors with security footage of the young pop star getting off of a motorcycle and parking his Ferrari in the garage in the hopes of clearing his name on a possible reckless driving charge.
But according to the Los Angeles Times, the May 26 video isn't enough to exonerate the 19-year-old, who was approached by his neighbor, NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, for supposedly speeding with children present.
Though rapper Tyler, the Creator already copped to driving the car around the neighborhood, an eyewitness said Bieber was the one behind the wheel.
The district attorney's office has yet to decide whether to file reckless driving charges against the young singer.
After successful runs with shows like "House of Cards" and "Arrested Development," Netflix has made its biggest-ever bid for first-run content, inking a multi-year deal with DreamWorks Animation to air 300 hours of original programming.
This means, as The New York Times pointed out Monday, that original series based on DreamWorks characters like "Shrek" and "Madagascar" will soon air exclusively on Netflix's online streaming service.
The new programming, set to begin in 2014, will also feature characters from the DreamWorks-owned Classic Media library, which includes "Lassie," "George of the Jungle" and "Casper the Friendly Ghost."
“This deal represents a major expansion of what’s already a phenomenal relationship, allowing us to bring beloved DreamWorks characters to the 40 countries where Netflix operates and setting the stage for us to innovate together as we expand into new markets,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, in a statement.
So what's in it for DreamWorks?
CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said that the deal was part of his company's "commitment to original content in the Internet television space."
According to CNN Money, Netflix got a boost from the deal, with shares up 7 percent.
U.S. track-and-field athlete Lolo Jones, who failed to medal in 2008 and 2012, said back in March that she was so "desperate" for a win that she had decided to join the 2014 Olympic bobsled team.
But bobsledding, as it turns out, is nowhere near as lucrative as track.
On Monday, the 30-year-old runner-cum-bobsledder tweeted a Vine video for her bobsledding paycheck, which came out to $741.84 for seven months of training.
"Seven months with bobsled season. The whole season. That's it," Jones says.
"I'm going to be a little late on my rent this month," she adds in a fake phone call to her landlord.
Jones, who has numerous endorsements through track, probably doesn't need the money. But she did want to shed light on the lack of funding for smaller sports like bobsledding.
Jones explained her Vine vent in an interview with E! News, saying that she just wanted to "help out" bobsled athletes, some of whom went into debt to compete.
"The Vine of the paycheck is just showing the difference between track and bobsled, and to be honest, bobsledders work more hours than track!" she said.
Looks like Charlie Sheen needs some more "Anger Management."
TMZ reported Monday that the occasionally erratic star of FX's "Anger Management" has refused to come to set if network brass didn't fire his co-star, Selma Blair, after she allegedly complained to producers about his poor work ethic.
Some sources went as far as to say that Sheen tried to fire Selma himself and that he wants FX to bring Mila Kunis onboard.
Blair's last Twitter reference to the show, on June 10, was complimentary to Sheen.
Thanks for a great day back @charliesheen . You looked pretty darn handsome.— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) June 11, 2013
"Congratulations Kim and Kanye," the post reads, alongside a large photo of West and Kardashian. "Enjoy this beautiful moment together."
Kardashian has occasionally battled reports that Beyonce, the wife of West's longtime musical partner Jay-Z, didn't approve of her. But the two were seen together at an event last June, and the 32-year-old television personality even invited Queen Bey to her baby shower.
A Herbert Spencer Elementary School class photo that shows 7-year-old Miles Ambridge, who uses a wheelchair, awkwardly separated from the rest of his classmates has gone viral. As the second-grader smiles, he strains his neck to appear closer to the group.
Ambridge has a genetic disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which attacks spinal nerve cells, and as a result, he uses a wheelchair to get around.
When the boy's parents saw the class photo they were shocked. "It broke my heart," father Don Ambridge said in an interview. "He’s leaning in, he wants to be included."
Upon seeing the photo Miles’ father, Don Ambridge said he put the photo away and chose not to share it with his son. Instead, he wrote a letter to the class teacher at the British Columbia school.
"It basically said, 'I find this photo disgusting. Please throw it out. I don’t want it in my house.' Painful, very painful. It still hurts to see it."
Miles' mother, Anne Belanger, also posted the photo on Lifetouch Photography’s Facebook page.
Belanger, said "This was not a malicious act, I don’t think it was done on purpose. I just don’t think there was any rational thinking behind it."
Belanger said discrimination is a daily reality for people with disabilities and she wanted to shed light on the stigma surrounding it.
"I think what it is, is just a circumstantial lack of awareness that resulted in a really emotionally tragic output," Ambridge said.
The family said school principal Tracy Fulton responded immediately with a phone call. Lifetouch Photography came back to reshoot the class photo, though the school had already decided not to use the photography company in the future.
"Breaking Amish," TLC's hit series about young Amish people who leave their families to experience life in the "English," or modern world., is back for a second season. This time, the cast will head to Los Angeles instead of New York, where they'll decide whether to stay in the outside world or return to their communities.
"This season features brighter skies -- and darker secrets -- as the cast leave their homes and venture west to live together, experiencing a lot of fake firsts along the way," TLC said in a statement.
The five-person cast includes Betsy, a 21-year-old from Ohio who was adopted into the Amish community as a baby. Another cast member, Ava, saw her father leave the Amish when her parents divorced. Matt, 24, is a Mennonite who wants to pursue his passion for fashion design.
"Breaking Amish: LA" premieres June 21 at 10 p.m. ET.