TODAY   |  June 16, 2013

Teen takes a ride on a wild shark

Florida native Chris Kreis, 19, took the ride of his life when he was fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and a whale shark swam up alongside his boat. NBC’s Maria Schiavocampo reports.

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>>> and, finally, what would you do if you came face-to-face with a 30-foot shark? well, ride it, of course. 19-year-old chris was fishing in the gulf of mexico when a giant whale shark came up to his boat. seizing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. chris dove in, swam over, grabbed the shark's fin and went for a ride. neither the teen nor the shark was injured. marine biologists say this is not a good idea, to which the shark replied, no kidding.