Michael Phelps' much-anticipated race against a shark was never going to be against a real great white shark. It was against a computer-generated simulation of a shark.
The fake shark won, beating the the 23-time Olympic gold medalist by two seconds in Sunday's Phelps vs. Shark on Discovery.
But given an hour of buildup, studies and special wetsuits, fans actually hoped to see Phelps race a shark — a real shark — as he would against a human competitor.
That didn't happen, and fans were not pleased.
@KennyDucey: Michael Phelps not racing a real shark is like being sold Kanye tickets and then watching a Kanye hologram perform
@KickinitwithB: WE WANTED TO SEE PHELPS RACING NEXT TO A REAL SHARK. WE WERE ALL TRICKED. #SharkWeek
@TheRealMorley: So it turns out Michael Phelps is only racing a simulation of a shark. If he wins, next week he goes up against Mario Kart. #SharkWeek
@jamieamccracken: Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.So Michael Phelps didn't actually even race a real shark. He raced a simulated one. One hour of life gone just like that.
@imschmags: Michael phelps ain't even racin a real shark? I feel... betrayed @Discovery #SharkWeek2017
@pauly_sly: Phelps not actually physically racing a real shark should have been what we all expected. That's an hour I'll never get back. #SharkWeek
That was an hour that some people will never get back.