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Michael Phelps will race a great white during TV's Shark Week

17 June 2017

We learned in March that celebrated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was going to be a part of "Shark Week" on Discovery. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: "Michael Phelps", states the Discovery Channel press release.

But now, Phelps will face one of his most challenging competitors: a Great White shark.

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We'll find out how the most decorated athlete in Olympic history will fare against the fearsome ocean predator during Shark Week, which airs from July 23-30.

Unlike Mayweather-McGregor, you won't have to pay extra to watch this one. "Be in a cage and dive with great White sharks", he captioned the Instagram snapshot.

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Great Hammerhead Invasion examines a phenomenon that sees the usually solitary shark species gather in large numbers around Bimini in the Bahamas every November before moving on towards Florida. But, instead of racing a mere human, which he would undoubtedly best, Phelps plans to race an literal great white shark.

The popular TV event starts Sunday, July 23 and will have a lineup of shark-themed shows until Sunday, July 30th. Also, some people have probably attempted to outrace a shark. As the Los Angeles Times reported, the average cruising speed for a great white shark is about 5 miles per hour. Apparently Shark Week wasn't enough of a meme for the Discovery Channel, so they decided to make humans race huge fish because. reasons.

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The facts make it look like Phelps is destined to get slaughtered during the race (metaphorically), but we're sure Discovery has something up their sleeve to keep things competitive.

Michael Phelps will race a great white during TV's Shark Week