Much hype was made around the once in a lifetime kind of event. Something that had never been done before. Technically though, it still hasn’t been done and some fans feel disappointed. Discovery Channel put the race together and called it ‘the battle for ocean supremacy’. Fans were pumped to see if Phelps would really be taking on a shark for their annual Shark Week. When the race finally viewed on Sunday evening, however, things were finally made clear.
The shark had won (of course it had) and Phelps, although a human fish, was just not fish enough in the end. The trailer led fans to believe that Phelps actually raced a shark but meantime, back at the ranch, Phelps raced a digital simulation of a Great White shark. Phelps wore a specialised wet-suit and fin but still lost by two-seconds. He did, however, beat a reef shark. Some took to Twitter to express their disappointment:
— Isco (@isco__) July 24, 2017
Michael Phelps races against a Call of Duty Black Ops splitscreen multiplayer bot
— Super Fools 'n Toast (@MisterLayton) July 24, 2017
#PhelpsVShark an hour of my life I can't ever get back
— halloween queen (@sarahtraceyy) July 24, 2017
Some poked fun at the idea that some thought Discovery would actually risk putting Phelps in open water with a real shark. Overall, the event was underwhelming. Congrats on the hype it created though…