A VIDEO showing two men 'surfing' on the back of a whale shark has provoked outrage online.

The footage shows two men standing on the back of the whale shark while being pulled along by a rope attached to a boat. They apparently taunt the whale shark as it continues to follow the boat.

It is unclear where the film was taken.

Whale sharks are a protected species. They are found in warm tropical waters and can grow up to 12 metres in length. They feed on plankton and small fish.

Whale sharks are docile creatures and it is not uncommon for swimmers to be able to ride on their backs.

The men's antics have nonetheless been sharply criticised online.
 

 



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