TV viewers have been left unimpressed after Discovery Channel’s much hyped Phelps vs shark race flopped.
Michael Phelps vs Shark
Viewers had been promised a race between the Olympic legend and feared ocean predator – the Great White Shark.
Scientific experts were even claimed to have been working on “ways to make the Great White Shark swim in a straight line” for the race.
Sounds sensational right? Unfortunately the final result didn’t quite live up to the hype looking more like a scene out of Sharknado 3.
The backlash from viewers though has been a little surprising. It seems many of them actually thought Phelps would be swimming against a real Great White Shark.
Maybe Discovery Channel’s pre-race promotions were a little bit too well done, with some describing the result as “the greatest let down in TV history.”
That Micheal Phelps vs the Great White shark is the stupidest show I’ve seen for shark week EVER. #SharkWeek
— Alejandra. (@aferretiz1) July 24, 2017
The Phelps vs Great White Shark race was the greatest let down in TV history. #coldtakes
— Bad Guys Worse Takes (@BGWTPodcast) July 24, 2017
There’s only about ten thousand other things I could have done in the hour I watched the Phelps vs “A Great White Shark” piece on @Discovery
— David DeGood (@CoachDeGood) July 24, 2017
Michael Phelps vs the great white shark was probably the biggest waste of time I’ve ever lost in my life…..
— Elly Villescas (@ellyciataylor) July 24, 2017
Given the fallout from this effort, I think the Discovery Channel has no choice but to get the job done properly.
I’m proposing a race between Mack Horton and a Great White Shark off the coast of Port Lincoln.
Make it happen Discovery Channel!
by Michael T. Lynch – contributor