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Michael Phelps Raced A Simulated Shark And Now The Internet Is Outraged

Instead of having Michael Phelps race against an actual living Great White Shark, as the dramatic ads seemed to promise, Phelps instead ‘raced’ against a simulation of a shark.

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Shark Week kicked off yesterday with the long-awaited Phelps vs. Shark race. Hyped by the Discovery Channel as “the battle for ocean supremacy,” the event seemed poised to be full of excitement.

Until it wasn’t. Instead of having Michael Phelps race against an actual living Great White Shark, as the dramatic ads seemed to promise, Phelps instead “raced” against a simulation of a shark. Cue Internet outrage.

Here’s the top 11 from the subsequent Twitter monsoon:

1. Some viewers had pretty high expectations for Phelp’s abilities.

2. It’s okay, we understand.

3. It’s just not the same.

4. And disappoint abounds in just the same way.

5. Some were aware they may have set their hopes too high.

6. We’re ALL mad.

7. And it’s just as a big of a letdown as it sounds.

8. This guy is asking the real questions.

9. This guy put a positive spin on the entire situation.

10. Outrage, pure outrage.

11. This woman had an…interesting solution.