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Michael Phelps Didn't Really Race A Shark And People Are Confused

"I feel robbed."

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Well, the big event went down on Sunday night on Discovery Channel, as people gathered around their televisions to watch the Olympic legend literally race a shark...

Live footage of Shark getting ready to wipe the floor with Michael Phelps. #PhelpsVsShark #SharkWeek

Seriously, people cleared their calendars just to watch it:

#PhelpsVsShark so important to my family my mom had to make it an event in the calendar 🤷🏼‍♀️

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I guess we all just collectively assumed Phelps would be in one lane and there would be a huge shark right next to him. Instead, both Phelps and the shark swam 100 meters in the same waters but not at the same time — and the race was put together using CGI:

Of course, if literally ANYONE thought about it for like one second, we all would have realized that would be a complete safety nightmare and never would have actually happened...

As the internet started to realize the truth, people had A LOT of feelings:

America's collective disappointment when we realized that #PhelpsVsShark is all just science and simulations:

My face when I realized they weren't going to put Michael Phelps in one lane and a shark in the other. #SharkWeek… https://t.co/gvpHLe5tTG

Don't say Phelps is racing a shark if you're not going to put him against an actual shark #PhelpsVsShark #SharkWeek

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When u realize Phelps isn't actually racing side by side with a great white shark... #SharkWeek

They felt silly...

Should I feel silly that I thought Michael Phelps would actually be racing a shark??...in the water with an actual shark

...and tricked...

Turns out “Michael Phelps races a shark” was really just “Michael Phelps swims alone and then compares his time to a shark’s time.”

...and even ROBBED.

Call me crazy but I thought they were gonna put Phelps up against a real shark not a simulation. I feel robbed.… https://t.co/lTcTUSJh4H

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The whole thing just wasn't what some people envisioned:

When Michael Phelps said he was gonna race a shark this is how I pictured it happening #SharkWeek

The truth is, real shark or not, the event was a highly entertaining night of television...

This is the greatest TV thing since the moon landing #PhelpsVsShark

...even if Phelps ultimately lost to the great white shark.

Don't worry, though. The Olympic legend is ready for a rematch whenever the great white shark is:

Rematch? Next time..warmer water. #SW30 @Discovery @SharkWeek

  1. So, did you think Michael Phelps was going to race a real shark?

    So, did you think Michael Phelps was going to race a real shark?
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    YES, I DESERVE TO SEE A MAN RACE A REAL-ASS SHARK.
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    Obviously fucking not. That would be dangerous AF.
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    I thought so, but I'm realizing now that wouldn't have worked...
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    I thought there would be like a wall or something between them...
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So, did you think Michael Phelps was going to race a real shark?
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    YES, I DESERVE TO SEE A MAN RACE A REAL-ASS SHARK.
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    Obviously fucking not. That would be dangerous AF.
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    I thought so, but I'm realizing now that wouldn't have worked...
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    I thought there would be like a wall or something between them...

 
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