The broadcast of a swimming race between US Olympian Michael Phelps and a great white shark on the Discovery Channel has come under fire from from viewers on social media.
The show, titled Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White, saw the famous swimmer race head-to-head against a shark in South Africa as part of the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
The shark ended up beating Phelps in the 100-metre race by two seconds. However, it turned out the predator was computer-generated, and its speed was based of that of his real-life counterparts.
It was this revelation which sparked uproar among viewers, with many voicing their disappointment on social media.
So you mean to tell me Michael Phelps didn’t even race a real shark? It was just a simulation. I’m mad. More like Shark WEAK! pic.twitter.com/gwIGTe7Y9p
— Frank Costa (@feistyfrank) July 24, 2017
I WAS EXPECTING MICHAEL PHELPS TO BE RACING NEXT TO A REAL LIVE WHITE SHARK…IM REALLY UPSET RN @Discovery
— Addie Ramsey (@addiee_ramsey) July 24, 2017
smh Michael Phelps isn’t actually racing a shark. He’s just racing a simulation of a shark. Biggest scam of 2017
— Marcus ¬ (@M_Frosti) July 24, 2017
— Breyanna Davis (@breyannachenal) July 24, 2017
— Ryan Homler (@RHomler) July 24, 2017
I was really hoping Phelps would be in the same water as the shark #PhelpsVShark
— Tyler Cavalli (@RadioCavalli) July 24, 2017
For the record, Phelps has requested a rematch with the great white.
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) July 24, 2017