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Forget Mayweather-McGregor, the most-anticipated battle of the summer was set for Sunday night, with Michael Phelps matched up against a great white shark to kick off Discovery Channel’s annual “Shark Week.”
However, fans who expected a side-by-side battle between two of nature’s most dominant aquatic creatures found themselves disappointed, as Phelps did not race next to an *actual* great white, but rather a CGI simulation.
As is customary, viewers aired their frustrations over Discovery’s bait-and-switch on social media.
— CAR Panthers News (@CarPanthersNews) July 24, 2017
— Big Baller (@Matt_Columbia15) July 24, 2017
find me a better metaphor for the state of western civilization than michael phelps losing to a digital simulacrum
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) July 24, 2017
— Breyanna Davis (@breyannachenal) July 24, 2017
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
— Brooke Bond (@brookeashleyyb) July 24, 2017
Look, I came here to see Phelps race a shark, not a simulation. The only way to make this up to me is to feed him to the shark #SharkWeek
— Awesome Tasia (@TasiaBass28) 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