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Phelps added that he made it clear before the show aired that he wouldn't be racing a real shark.'You can believe whatever you want,' Phelps said. A team of scientists worked with Phelps to calculate the speeds of the sharks he swam against.'Everything was either present on-air during multiple interviews that I did throughout Shark Week or the beginning of the show. The data was then used for the computer simulation that was superimposed for the television broadcast Sunday night.Shark Week closes July 30 with a second special featuring the GOAT, Shark School With Michael Phelps. Not splashing into the water and making a gigantic wave, because that's obviously going to attract them to come up and see what's jumping in their environment and try and check it out. Doc Gruber and Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Shark Lab give him a crash course that Discovery says will dispel misconceptions, get him up close to the power of a great white, and teach him how to safely dive with sharks — including how to stay calm when a hammerhead swims two feet above his face. 'Everybody wants to pick on something or say something or complain about something, so I had fun racing a shark and seeing those animals up close and personal,' Phelps said in the Facebook video. I feel very different.'Phelps answered questions for about an hour before he eventually grew tired of the negative questions flowing in over Facebook.The 32-year-old also responded to accusations that he and the Discovery Channel network misled people about the race to boost ratings. 'It's truly incredible watching some of the questions that these haters have out there. 'There's always somebody out there who's going to take a jab or say something negative about you.'The American swimmer was beat by two seconds in the open-water 100-meter race, filmed off Mossel Bay in South Africa, and televised on Sunday night to kick off Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week.In a Q&A with followers, Phelps noted that sharks don't swim in a straight line and suggested that a side-by-side race with the predator would be impossible.'If somebody actually wants to get in the water and race side-by-side with a great white, go ahead,' he said.'You're not going to get the shark to swim in a straight line. We'll leave it at that.' Scroll down for video The decorated Olympian was bested by two seconds by the shark in the highly anticipated open-water 100-meter race televised on Sunday night.
Seems like little Boomer is a fish to water in the family, getting into the spirit just in time for Shark Week, and dad's debut that will begin and close out the week. It's not freaking out, trying not to flail your arms all over the place.
Viewers took to Twitter to show their disappointment when it became clear he wasn't racing a real shark.'Should've called it Michael Phelps vs a Computer Generated Simulation. Another tweeted: 'I wasted an hour of my life to watch Michael Phelps race a hologram'.
The television program, which was filmed in June, showed Phelps prepare for what Discovery Channel promoted as a race for the ages.
Great White for Shark Week kicks off July 23 on Discovery.
Technically such a race would be difficult, but Phelps explained just how these 'races' were done.