However, while it's illegal - in the U.S. at least - to ride, feed or similarly harass whales and dolphins, whale sharks are excluded from these protections because they're classified as fish.
"My hope is that one day sharks will be elevated to that same level of protection as marine mammals," Eric Hovland, associate curator at the Florida Aquarium, told Florida's Bay News 9 earlier this week.
Marine Connection, a U.K.-based conservation group, said on its Facebook page that this videos like these showcase "stupidity and arrogance."
"What a sad reflection on their attitude to wildlife when, instead of considering themselves fortunate to see this majestic creature in the wild, they choose to participate in a stupid stunt like this," the group said.
"Wonder if they would have done this with a great white shark," they added.
You can watch the full video below.