Michael Phelps would probably have a better chance winning a race against Aquaman than a great white shark, but he’s going to give it a go anyway, and we tell you how to watch live.
It’s hard to imagine any frontiers Michael Phelps has left to conquer in the sport of swimming. Happily, Discovery has found one for him anyway: racing a great white shark.
Not actually racing as in side by side, mind you. That would be dangerous. But Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White, is a thing that is actually happening Sunday night to help kick off the annual celebration of aquatic predators known as Shark Week.
Scientifically speaking, Phelps has almost no shot to win. His top speed in the water is about 6 miles per hour. As Vox explains, a great white shark can do 10 miles per hour under normal conditions but can crank it up to 35 mph in short bursts.
In any case, both Phelps and the shark will swim 100 meters in open water and whoever records the fastest time will be the winner. Maybe Phelps can lure the shark in a different direction so he doesn’t even finish the “race”? We’ll see.
The spectacle alone has drummed up plenty of interest, so here’s how to watch Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White as it happens on Sunday night:
Note that the race is scheduled to go until 9:06 Eastern time, so if you are planning on using a DVR to record this unusual piece of history or just recording a bunch of Shark Week shows, make note of the unusual end time.
And if Phelps somehow beats the shark, be sure to check back with us at FanSided for all the fallout.