Multiple Olympic Gold Medallist and World Champion Michael Phelps lost the race by a whisker to the shark. But hold on your breath. He did not race against the real shark as was conceived by the viewers. He had raced with a simulator shark which reached the goal post 2 seconds earlier than Phelps.
The event was promoted big time by Discovery Channel which advertised the promo as “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White,” which kicked off the network’s ever-popular Shark Week on Sunday night.
The 28-time Olympic medallist did swim in the open water during the program but as expected, there was no real shark present next to him though it appeared to be one which was nothing but the simulator shark which the viewers did not grab it until the promo got ended and it was unveiled.
The world wide criticism has made Phelps to say “If somebody actually wants to get in the water and race side-by-side with a great white, go ahead.” He also said “You’re not going to get the shark to swim in a straight line. And, uh, yeah, it would be interesting to see. We’ll leave it at that.”
Many viewers including us felt they were misled into watching the show which was clearly evident when Phelps came Live on Facebook to discuss about this.
“Everything was either presented on air during multiple interviews that I did throughout Shark Week or the beginning of the show,” Phelps said to one of the query on FB. He was not ready to accept any blame targeted on him for no fault of his as he opined that the terms and conditions were mentioned clearly. He also said “Some people just decide not to listen to some of the things that we do, and that’s not my fault that you don’t do that. It’s pretty easy to open up your ears and listen to either what the TV is saying, what the announcers are saying, or what I’m saying in interviews.”