Discovery Defends Michael Phelps In “Phelps VS. Shark” Backlash

The “race” between Michael Phelps and a shark ended up being a huge letdown to a lot of viewers, mainly because Phelps didn’t end up swimming against an actual shark. Now the Discovery channel is defending Phelps saying that they never promoted the swimmer and the shark swimming “side-by-side.”

The original trailer might not say that he’s technically racing a shark side-by-side, but watch the trailer below, and you’d probably think that he was racing a shark.

 

The actual race was really just Phelps racing against a shark’s time, and then the show putting in a CGI shark to make it more interesting. You can also see that below.

 

“All the promotion, interviews and the program itself made clear that the challenge wasn’t a side-by-side race,” Discovery said in a statement.

Twitter didn’t enjoy the digital shark…

 

We still think it would’ve been cooler to see and actual shark, but oh well science, you take the cake.

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