Is Michael Phelps Faster Than a Shark? | SHARK WEEK
Could you outswim a shark?
Jason Statham,MH’s hero of fitness is going to be headbutting a shark in his next film. We can’t believe it either. But according to the Hollywood reporter, The Transporter himself has signed on to star in Warner Bros.’ Meg, which would see him battle a 70 foot long, 40-ton sized carnivorous shark. It begs the question: could he outswim it?
(Related: How to build a body like Jason Statham)
The answer? Briefly.
Sharks cruise at around 1.5mph, according to the ReefQuest centre, roughly a third of the pace of an Olympic swimmer. But a charging Great White can hit speeds 15 times that, at which point even Michael Phelps would be fish food.
Fortunately, sharks don’t attack humans deliberately, says conservationist Richard Peirce. If you spot one, breaststroke’s a better bet than front crawl. “Move as calmly as possible with minimum splashing.” You can’t outpace it, so don’t attract it. If it does investigate you, forget any nose- punching myths. “Look it in the eyes,” says Peirce. Sharks are ambush predators so staring will unnerve it. Then stay still and try not to look like a seal (coloured wetsuits help) until it gets bored and swims off.
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