SHARK WEEK 2017
Mon 24 July to Fri 28 July
The annual one week only Shark affair is headed straight for Discovery Channel for the 29th year swimming. This year, Shark Week is back with an even more incredible line-up of Great Whites, Hammerheads and all kinds of Shark awesomeness.
What happens when the Flying Fish, Olympian Michael Phelps faces off against his toughest (and toothiest) challenge yet? Who will take home the gold in the most monumental and incredible race yet— Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs Great White premiering on Friday 28 July.
Watch for it, and much more coming to you in Shark Week 2017.
The greatest Olympian
With 28 medals to his name, Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time.
Real life giant
The 1.93-meter athlete has an incredible wingspan of over 2 meters—key to his success in his signature stroke, the butterfly.
Big fins for big wins
Phelps leverages on his tail fins of feet, attached to flexible double-jointed ankles that act like powerful propellers.
Incredible recovery time
Phelps’ body produces less than half the lactic acid of his rivals, significantly reducing his recovery time to just a few minutes.
By the time that you’ve swam a lap of the pool, Phelps would have completed three.
The ultimate survivor
No medals here but these living fossils have survived five massive planet extinction events.
Larger than life
Imagine a great white longer than the length of half a basketball court—that’s the largest ever recorded!
Cartilage, not bones
Lighter, faster, and more flexible—great whites have a skeleton made of cartilage that allows them to move at unbelievable speeds.
Insane pain tolerance
Maximum ferocity, even with the gnarliest injuries—great whites have an extremely high pain tolerance.
Burst to first
These beasts swim in short bursts of up to 40km/h, making them one of the fastest predators in the ocean.