Later this month the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, will race a great white shark. Yes you read that correctly. Phelps will race the beast during Discovery Channel’s annual shark week, a longstanding tradition that allows viewers to immerse themselves in all things shark around the clock for an entire seven day stretch. The famed Olympian will be racing the great white shark off of the coast of South Africa’s Cape Town. For those of you worried about the health and safety of Michael Phelps fear not. Phelps will be followed closely by a team of divers in case things get a little too close for comfort. Seeing as that the top speed of a shark is almost seven times faster than the top speed of a human, Phelps will have a little help in this battle of the species. What is being called a “monofin” will be utilized in order to increase the power with which Phelps can kick from his already massive feet and propel him through the water much faster than is typically possible by a human. The cross between athletics and nature aims to engage a wider audience than usual for Discovery Channel in a time when more and more people are turning away from traditional cable television. Lifelong fans of Michael Phelps will be rooting against nature enthusiasts who hope to see beast reign supreme in its home turf. No one knows exactly what will happen in this spectacle when man takes on beast. We’ll just have to tune in during shark week to see for ourselves.