Sunday begins a week of shark obsession, fueled by Discovery Channel in which normal, everyday people without a marine biology degree or any interest in oceanography become experts on all things related to sharks.
You guessed it, “Shark Week” is about to be upon us.
This year, however, the cable network has come up with a gimmick that involves the greatest Olympian of all time.
I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do! https://t.co/2CJplWMkMP
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) June 11, 2017
Shark Week’s premiere will feature 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps racing a shark in what is being called “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White,” by Discovery.
The premise is pretty self-explanatory: the man with a record 23 gold swimming medals will race against a shark.
I wanna do it again!! https://t.co/Zy2ku8YvWp
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) July 11, 2017
Wearing a special wetsuit and mono-fin, Phelps swam against a great white shark over about 100 meters in open water.
Even though safety precautions were taken, Phelps and the shark did not swim side-by-side according to reports but the reports also never leaked out who actually won, either.
— Shark Week (@SharkWeek) July 15, 2017
As the feat won’t be live and was actually taped a while back, Phelps obviously lives since he’s speaking to different media outlets as part of the network’s promotion.