Michael Phelps finally met his match in the water: a “great white shark.”
The Olympic champion swimmer was bested last night in the Discovery Channel's Shark Week special: “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White.”
But Phelps didn't actually swim with a real shark.
He competed in the ocean against a computer-simulated fish based on data on the swimming speed of sharks.
Phelps was outfitted with a wetsuit and a monofin to mimic a shark's powerful tail.
He finished the 100-metre race in 38 seconds, two seconds slower than the simulated shark.
Phelps tweeted yesterday that he'd like a rematch but in warmer water.