TODAY   |  June 17, 2013

Teen defends hitching ride on shark’s back

A Florida teen is defending his decision to hitch what he described as a “once in a lifetime” ride on the back of a 25-ton whale shark in the Gulf of Mexico.

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>>> a florida teen is defending his bold decision to hitch a hide on the back of a 25-on the whale shark . he spotted the shark while fishing in the gulf of mexico and grabbed on to it's finn. a marine biologist says chris could have disturbed the shark's protective covering. chris didn't realize the shark could have been harmed but insists his ride was a once in a lifetime experience. whale sharks are not dangerous to hums, so they stay. still a freaky looking beast.