The event will be promote on a Discovery Channel on Jul 23.
The competition isn’t accurately fair. Great Whites can shoot along during speeds surpassing 25 miles per hour, yet Phelps tops out around six. So to equivocate a forgiveness loss, Phelps will wear a monofin, a form of flipper that could boost his speed by a few miles per hour. (This kind of advantage isn’t unprecedented. In 1936, famed Olympic curtain Jesse Owens raced a equine in a 100-yard lurch and won interjection in partial to a 40-yard handicap).
Why is Phelps swimming opposite a shark? The eventuality kicks off Discovery’s annual Shark Week. But it also turns out that Great Whites make a decent racing deputy for a altogether nautical world. Even naval class that have a repute for being delayed compared to others of their family would leave tellurian swimmers eating their bubbles.
Take a squid, for example, that gets around by kindly pulsing by a water. It can put a pedal to a metal, quite if it’s underneath attack. One new dimensions from Stanford University available a Humboldt squid relocating during about 22 miles per hour. The Leatherback sea turtle, that lumbers opposite land weighing adult to 1,000 lbs., has been clocked swimming during over 20 miles per hour, interjection to a huge front flippers. And even penguins, that travel about as quick as a tellurian toddler, are 3 times faster than Phelps in a water.
There aren’t many sea animals that would make for a parsimonious competition opposite Phelps. But one probable contender is a Right whale. (In a new talk with Entertainment Weekly, Phelps coincidentally voiced seductiveness in swimming with whales, yet he seems to have his heart set on Orcas.) Bulky and front-heavy, a Right whale was aggressively wanted in a 19th century in partial since it can’t make a quick escape. Right whales have frequency been available relocating some-more than 5 or 6 miles per hour, so Phelps competence not have to wear a monofin to be a contender. But he would need to act soon, as there are fewer than 500 of a class left in a North Atlantic.
Video sources: New England Aquarium; Alaska SeaLife Center; NOAA; Falklands Conservation; Stanford University Hopkins Marine Station; Sea Turtle Conservancy; Manta Trust