It finally happened.

After weeks of high anticipation, decorated Olympian Michael Phelps raced a great white for Discovery’s Shark Week. The event was 100 meters and took place in Cape Town, South Africa.

It would have been nearly impossible for Phelps to win without some sort of assistance, so the 32-year-old was given a fin of his own to help glide through the water more easily.


instead of actually squaring off head-to-head, both 'swimmers'' times were recorded separately. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CGI was used to make it look as if the two were directly racing against each other. However, that was not the case.

Here is how everything panned out.


Close, but no cigar.

It didn't look easy to bring the whole race to life, but Discovery's people made it happen. Here's a look at the behind the scenes action.




A speed of 5.9 miles per hour is very admirable, but you’ve got to think that the race could have been closer had it taken place during Phelps’ prime.

Who knows how that one would have panned out?

(H/T Shark Week)