Michael Phelps is the fastest human swimmer on the planet, but sharks swim much faster than people.
The Discovery Channel pre-taped Michael Phelps’ race against a great white shark for Shark Week 2017. Phelps prepped for the race by swimming against a hammerhead and reef shark. He was able to defeat the reef shark but lost to the hammerhead, who had a 15 mile per hour burst.
Phelps told Jimmy Fallon that his top speed is 6 miles per hour. A great white shark can go up to 25 miles per hour.
Phelps was given a monofin in addition to a wet suit to help make up the difference. The pair did not race together as it would have been too dangerous. Instead, they race d in the same ocean water for 100 metres. Discovery Channel took the time of both opponents to declare the race winner.
Phelps may be slower than a great white shark, but he can definitely outlast it. Sharks can swim up to 25 miles per hour but they aren’t able to sustain it.
The great white shark swam the 100 metres in just under 40 seconds.
While Phelps clocked in at 2 seconds under the shark. He blamed the wet suit because his body went into shock over the cold water. But to be fair, he did a great job and halfway through the race they were neck and neck. It wasn’t until that shark had that crazy burst of speed that he flew over the finish line.
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