Michael Phelps, record holding US swimmer with 23 Olympic gold medals to his name, has (sort of) raced a Great White shark to in a promotion with the Discovery Channel.
The 23-times gold medalist failed to outpace the shark on a 100-metre stretch but only by two seconds. Some viewers expressed disappointment that the Great White was in actual fact a CGI effect based on the recorded swimming speed of the shark.
Scientist Tristan Gutteridge said during the show: “Clearly, we can’t put Michael in one lane and a white shark on the far lane. We’re gonna have to do a simulation.”
Phelps, who wore a specially-fitted shark swim cut complete with a fin, said: “‘Honestly, the first thought that went through my head when I saw the shark, there’s probably very little chance for me to beat him.
“They swim so fast, it's almost like a bullet. I don't like taking silver medals but I'll take one against a Great White.”
— Shark Week (@SharkWeek) July 24, 2017
The stunt was conducted at Mossel Bay, South Africa.
It comes after Ryan Lochte also helped promote the show with an ad showing him boating in dangerous waters.