Twitter: "Biggest scam of 2017."
Discovery Channel's beloved "Shark Week" kicked off last night with the "much anticipated" showdown between 23-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps and a great white shark. Well, sort of.
Obviously Phelps couldn't swim side-by-side with the great white so instead organizers of the race let the shark swim the 100-meter stretch first, and then Phelps, side-by-side with a CGI shark, took to the frigid waters of the off the coast of South Africa.
In the end, the shark finished the 100-meter race in 36.1 seconds compared to Phelps' time of 38.1 seconds.
The fact that Phelps hadn't actually raced alongside the living, breathing, man-killing shark, left some viewers supremely disappointed.
Check out some of the footage from "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White," below as well as the reactions across Twitter.
Turns out “Michael Phelps races a shark” was really just “Michael Phelps swims alone and then compares his time to a shark’s time.”— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 24, 2017
Would of more competitive to do Ryan Lochte verse a hammerhead in a wonderlic— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) July 24, 2017
am i the only one who thought they literally were gonna throw phelps in the ocean w a great white to see what would happen or #SharkWeek— alyssa smith (@lyskaye) July 24, 2017
he's out here blaming the temperature of the water and not the fact that one racer was literally a shark #SharkWeek— Jillian Ryan (@famous_whales) July 24, 2017
#SharkWeek— Matt Meinsen (@mattmeinsen) July 24, 2017
Great White: 36.1 seconds
Michael Phelps: 38.1 seconds
Ryan Lochte: Mugged by a hammerhead at gun point and unable to race.
Great White Shark top speed: 25 mph— Weston Shepherd (@WShep) July 24, 2017
Michael Phelps top speed: 6 mph
Saved you an hour. #SharkWeek
Me pretending to be ok with Michael Phelps not racing a real shark pic.twitter.com/QnCF98NfBB— Gabi Palamone (@Yo_Gabi_Gabi__) July 24, 2017
smh Michael Phelps isn't actually racing a shark. He's just racing a simulation of a shark. Biggest scam of 2017— Marcus ¬ (@M_Frosti) July 24, 2017
When you find out that Michael Phelps isn't actually racing an actual shark pic.twitter.com/6KwHGaWXc9— t (@tatummowery) July 24, 2017
So you mean to tell me Michael Phelps didn't even race a real shark? It was just a simulation. I'm mad. More like Shark WEAK! pic.twitter.com/gwIGTe7Y9p— Frank Costa (@feistyfrank) July 24, 2017
I didn't think Michael Phelps would actually race the shark, but I'm kind of disappointed he's not going to race the shark.— Kelly Speller (@kellspell) July 24, 2017
i thought they were gonna have michael phelps swim right next to a real shark. sad to say i am #dissapointed— T SIZZLE (@tesshawess) July 24, 2017