When Florida teen Chris Kreis came face to face with a 30-foot, 50,000-pound whale shark while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico last week, he knew exactly what to do: hop on the animal’s back and go for a spin. The incredible encounter happened last Saturday 30 miles off the Captiva's coast, where the 19-year-old ran into the boat-sized fish. Kreis jumped on the shark's back, grabbed hold of its fin and rode it for about 20 seconds.
Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea reaching lengths of 40 feet or more. Despite their fierce name and appearance, they mostly feed on plankton and small fish.