People are upset that Michael Phelps didn’t actually race a great white shark for #SharkWeek. Technically, nobody really SAID Phelps would be swimming anywhere near a shark . . . but the advertising did try to make people think that. So did Phelps when he talked to “Entertainment Weekly” earlier this month.
In reality, the whole thing was SIMULATED. They apparently timed some sharks: A great white, a hammerhead, and a reef shark. Then they SIMULATED the races, with Phelps going against computer-animated sharks.
Phelps actually DID race in the ocean though, so at least there was that. But that wasn’t quite enough for many, many unsatisfied viewers.
Gold medal winning Olympian Michael Phelps took on a great white shark … and now we know who truly reigns supreme in the water … sort of.
— Shark Week (@SharkWeek) July 24, 2017
THE SHARK WINS!!!
Phelps kicked off Shark Week 2017 on Discovery Channel with a primetime special, “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White” after weeks of anticipation for the man-against-beast event. The 100-meter open water “race” took place in Cape Town, South Africa … but many fans are unhappy about what actually qualified as a race.
Most people thought Phelps didn’t stand a chance considering his top swim speed is about 6 mph and great whites can reach speeds up to 25 mph … but his team helped him even the playing field with a shark skin-like wetsuit and a monofin to emulate a shark’s tail.
Turns out … it didn’t matter. Phelps lost the SIMULATED race to a great white shark by 2 seconds.
Results are in. pic.twitter.com/HcigiGC0hq
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 24, 2017