VIDEO: Man Rides Whale Shark Off Florida Gulf Coast

By  //  June 15, 2015

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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — Another daredevil is making national headlines after riding a whale shark off the coast of Florida.

Donnie Marsee filmed himself riding a whale shark during a snapper fishing trip. The ride occurred 33 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. State and federal laws prohibit riding whales, turtles and manatees, but whale sharks are non-carniverous shark species, and fish don’t qualify under the law.