Hyped up for weeks, it was thought that Michael Phelps was going to be racing against a real great white shark on Discovery channels’ Phelps vs. Shark episode, which aired last Sunday night. Instead, the much-anticipated race turned out to be a disappointment for millions of viewers.
Phelps actually raced against a computer-generated simulation of a shark rather than a real one, despite the misleading advertising leading up to the olympic let down.
The “shark” won the race, beating the Olympic gold medalist by two seconds.
Fans across social media were hoping to see Phelps race against a real shark, as he would against a human competitor. But after an hour buildup of beautiful oceanographic footage yet dull commentary, viewers realized they were not going to be satisfied with the ultimate conclusion.
Regardless of the false pay off, Discovery did manage to spike up their ratings.
Some expressed their frustration over social media, as you can see below:
Advantage: shark pic.twitter.com/mwaPRGFhHH
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 24, 2017
Michael Phelps not racing a real shark is like being sold Kanye tickets and then watching a Kanye hologram perform
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) July 24, 2017
— DKT (@darleneturner53) July 24, 2017
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
— Brittany (@KickinitwithB) July 24, 2017
— Dana Cat (@DanaCatM) July 24, 2017
Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.
So Michael Phelps didn’t actually even race a real shark. He raced a simulated one. One hour of life gone just like that.
— Jamie McCracken (@jamieamccracken) July 24, 2017
— maggie (@imschmags) July 24, 2017
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