Michael Phelps raced against a great white shark - watch here

  • Posted 8 months Ago

As part of Shark Week, the Discovery Channel decided to pitch 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps against a great white. Of course, he didn't actually dive into the sea with the fearsome animal (much to the disappointment of viewers), but instead swam as fast as he could using a special bodysuit and special monofin. His time was then compared to the speed of a great white and, to make things a little more interesting, the shark was digitally rendered into the footage.

The shark simulation was conducted by scientists to ensure the integrity of the results and was based on the animal's velocity while chasing a seal. As you might expect, the shark won, although not by a massive margin.

Check out the clip above.