Video: Florida Teenager “Rides” Whale Shark

   05.18.15

In what could only be described as an act of immense carelessness, a Florida teenager apparently attempted to “ride” a whale shark off the coast of Destin.

You can clearly see the young man, identified as Cody Garland, holding on to some part of the massive fish. At one point, he says that he’s standing on top of it.

While the filter-feeder likely posed no physical threat to Garland, whale sharks are considered a vulnerable species by the IUCN. Harassing them like this probably doesn’t help.

What do you think? Are the people who are upset about this making a mountain out of a mole hill, or should this type of behavior be loudly discouraged?

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