Recently, in a challenging race off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, former swimmer Michael Phelps lost to the white shark only 2 seconds.
The race between Michael Phelps, a 32-year-old former athlete who holds the record for most Olympic medals of all time and has the nickname “Super Fish”, with dangerous white sharks within 100 meters of the TV channel. Discovery organization. This is part of the channel’s “Shark Week”, which aired on July 23. Race to find out the shark’s swimming speed limit.
Phelps, when competing, are equipped with a special swim suit, designed with the most modern technology available today, structured like a shark’s skin and a propeller modeled like a shark’s tail to increase speed. For safety reasons, Phelps and the white shark competed one after the other, then the image was processed to make it look like a real race between humans and animals.
However, although Phelps has significantly improved the swimming speed thanks to advanced technology suits, from an average of 2.6 m/sec to about 4 m/sec, it is still not possible to compete when white sharks have swimming speed. Maximum measured up to 11.1 metres per sec. Phelps only played on par with the white shark at the starting point, in the last 30 m, he was completely competitor. After 100 meters of competition, Phelps reached a record of 38.1 seconds, while the white shark was 36.1 seconds.
Phelps asked to race in warm, less windy and more similar conditions instead of at sea, and swim in turn for safety reasons. Discovery Channel plans to host another race as required by Phelps. “I am overwhelmed by the speed of swimming of the shark in the water as well as its size”, said Phelps. However, if swimming in warmer waters, I think I will improve the maximum speed from 4 m/sec to about 6 – 7 m/sec. With this condition, the shark may not reach the speed it is at sea and I may have a chance of winning it”.