Michael Phelps loses race against Great White shark

Michael Phelps loses race against Great White shark

Even though people are fascinated by sharks, they are often scared of them.

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with a staggering 23 gold medals.

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Instead, Phelps raced against a simulation of a shark, using a special swimsuit with a large fin to help him move through the water at superhuman speeds.

"That's where my biggest nerdy side comes out, because I'm so infatuated with water and infatuated with sharks". They pointed out that great whites are not the fastest sharks.

The "race" constituted calculating the speed of a great white shark and superimposing shark footage over Phelps. Viewers have been excited for this race and promoters of Shark Week having been hyping it up for a while now. The stimulated shark swam a distance of 100 meters in 36.1 seconds. Even though his tweet quickly rated over 11,000 likes and countless retweets, many see a re-match as pointless.

The Discovery Channel called the race "the battle for ocean supremacy". So the Discovery Channel created some incentive.




First, Phelps swam 100 meters in the ocean alone. They expected that Phelps and the great white would be swimming next to each other, like competitors in an Olympic swimming event. In a review published in the journal Biology of Exercise in 2014, researchers explained that, because "water is a much better heat conductor than air", humans easily lose body heat to cold water. Swimming submerged is faster than swimming on the surface.

"I don't like taking silver..." Full wet suits are not allowed.

"Rematch? Next time.warmer water", Phelps wrote on Twitter after the race was televised.

A white shark has adapted to its conditions. It was dramatic! Tell me that CGI shark's jump at the end of the race didn't make you flinch just a bit. Phelps went pretty fast: 38.1 seconds. That time is totally unreal.

Arey Kent has been working at the aquarium for over a decade, and says sharks always spark peoples' curiosity.

He added that "any show not about shark attacks" is welcome. But, the show was fun television watching.

But most viewers were happy about the pairing. We will continue to watch the remaining coverage because the programming is both educational and entertaining.

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