Michael Phelps raced against a great white shark - watch here

Is Phelps faster than a great white?

  • · Posted 5 months Ago
  •  BY Jack Lowe

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.

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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.

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