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Roughly 24 hours taking the proverbial "ride of his life," on Monday evening Chris Kreis agreed to another exciting journey, that as a guest of "Piers Morgan Live."
On Sunday, the 19-year-old Floridian sprang from his parents' boat, and hitched himself a 20 second voyage on the back of a 30-foot whale shark. On Monday, he faced off with an equally intimidating creature:
"What the hell were you thinking?" asked Piers Morgan, as Kreis joined the program live from Fort Myers, Fla.
"It's always been one of my lifelong dreams to actually be in the water with one of them," said Kreis of the great 50,000 pound beast. "I took it, I jumped in, and I grabbed on to its fin and it took me for a little short ride which was an experience of a lifetime."
Captured on video, the teens stunt is not illegal, but it is controversial, as human contact can be harmful to the whale shark. Nonetheless, Sunday's Gulf of Mexico joyride left the guest with an experience he'll likely treasure:
"When I watch the video, it's almost a surreal moment. Because at the moment when I did it, so many things are going through your head, you don't even realize you're actually holding on to a 30-foot whale shark that weighs approximately 50,000 pounds," the teen told the host. "You only realize it when you look back at the video and watch what you actually did."