In the immortal words of Twitter user maxneary13, "Michael Phelps is racing a CGI shark. The world is yet again a meme." Of course something as epic and insane as Michael Phelps racing a shark for Shark Week would come with an exorbitant amount of Twitter commentary. And, let's just say, you have to sea the memes and jokes about Phelps racing a shark — because they are too funny and too punny.
And, in Phelps' defense, the shark he's racing isn't exactly CGI. Yes, for safety reasons he's not actually in the water with the great white at the same time. But, the Shark Week specialists did film and record the top speeds of real great white sharks, which they superimposed with footage of Phelps racing. It was actually all pretty cool — and even cooler that Phelps wasn't that far off from beating the shark in the 100m race. The shark came in with 36.1 seconds and Phelps was just two seconds behind with a 38.1 second time. And, while Phelps may not have won, the Internet did win — because viewers had the chance to create a ton of jokes about Phelps and the shark.
The Losing Stare
michael phelps is going to lose the race against that shark and when he does we're gonna get a recreation of this meme pic.twitter.com/c4892N0IKR— jas 🥚 (@pumpkinkurt) July 12, 2017
Never forget the original Phelps meme.
The most ridiculous stunt ever pulled for Shark Week. Way to go Discovery for finally jumping the shark, pun intended— Elroy (@Rayoflight5410) July 23, 2017
Whether you agree with this tweet or not, "jumping the shark" is a great pun.
Inside The Shark's Brain
Oh, look, an Olympic-sized snack!
Prepping For Battle
Swim swim beat Michael Phelps ass in a race swim— The Average Shark (@TheAverageShark) July 24, 2017
You know how they do.
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 know that Phelps needed to stay safe and couldn't literally race a shark, but part of me still wishes he did.
Must Watch Event
Where were you when Phelps raced a shark?
10/10 Would Watch
This month on the Discovery Channel:— James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn) July 24, 2017
Michael Phelps races a shark.
Usain Bolt races a cheetah.
Conor McGregor fights a bear.
He's giving Discovery some great ideas.
Who Came Up With This?
I just wanna know who was like "Dude, you know what we should do? Get that Phelps guy to race a shark!" #SharkWeek— Brooke C (@brookeacrandall) July 24, 2017
I'd like to congratulate them.
Why It Happened
Michael Phelps - I'm not racing in 2020 in Tokyo, I'm retired— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) July 24, 2017
Also Michael Phelps - I'm so bored in retirement I'm gonna race a shark pic.twitter.com/U7EZO6LPCi
Sharks Are Sharks
My fave part is when the narrator explains the advantages the shark has over Phelps, by describing the shark as a shark. #SharkWeek— Natalie Martinez 🦈 (@nat_geo_pun) July 24, 2017
Phelps needed all kinds of fancy swim tech to race the shark. But, the shark was just... a shark doing its shark business and being fast.
HOW has shark week not made the pun "race to the FIN-ish line" with the Phelps v. Shark race— elora (@elora_katherine) July 23, 2017
At least this tweet exists.
Phelps didn't win the race, but he did provide some great entertainment for meme makers on Twitter. And, in that way, we all won.