The shark wasn't real and "Shark Week" fans, well, they're not letting it go.
The much-anticipated race between Michael Phelps and a great white shark finally aired on Discovery Sunday to kick off everyone's favorite week of sharks.
Phelps, to the surprise of no one, was bested by the apex predator.
It's not lookin' good, Phelps pic.twitter.com/SzuUhzhGiU— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) July 24, 2017
But only by two seconds!
That, however, wasn't what people were talking about. Fans looking forward to seeing the 23-time Olympic gold medalist had their dreams crushed.
Although Phelps really did swim the 100-meters in the cold water off the South African coast, the shark was created digitally to appear alongside him.
Advantage: shark pic.twitter.com/mwaPRGFhHH— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 24, 2017
Fans had strong feelings about that "fake" shark.
Some felted betrayed.
Me pretending to be ok with Michael Phelps not racing a real shark pic.twitter.com/QnCF98NfBB— Gabi Palamone (@Yo_Gabi_Gabi__) July 24, 2017
And some even called out Discovery for the shark-baiting headlines.
Turns out “Michael Phelps races a shark” was really just “Michael Phelps swims alone and then compares his time to a shark’s time.”— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 24, 2017
Should've called it Michael Phelps vs a Computer Generated Simulation. Huge letdown @Discovery— Jimmy Kozeny (@jkoz19) July 24, 2017
But don't fret fellow shark fans! We can always hope for a rematch next year... maybe even on land?
I want to see the shark race against Phelps on land. Everyone can win with home field advantage; it takes a true athlete to win on the road.— Matt Ferris (@Ferris_matt) July 24, 2017
In the meantime, there's always that dude on the bike thing.
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