How to Attract a Shark by Playing Hard Rock

Travel News — By Candice Walsh on June 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

In an ironically fitting discovery, it turns out that great white sharks in Australia absolutely love music by AC/DC. Upbeat, loud and a little aggressive, the sharks simply adore their hard rock.

Australian shark tour operator Matt Waller says that luring great whites with music is actually much more effective than using “chum,” ground-up fish. It also causes them to “relax.” According to the experts, sharks are attracted to sounds at specific frequencies…and AC/DC seems to hit this frequency perfectly. The sharks’ songs of choice? You Shook Me All Night Long and If You Want Blood…how perfect is that?

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They love the music so much, the sharks even rub their faces on the cages where the sound is coming from, as if to “feel” the music. Sorta like head-banging.

And different sharks prefer different frequencies, which is the whole theory behind the Shark Shield. It uses an advanced three-dimensional electrical wave form, and can be used while surfing, bodyboarding, longboarding, snorkelling, scuba diving, etc. How it works: the electrical waves induce a spasm in the sharks’ snouts, without harming them or the environment.

Their effectiveness is sometimes questionable, however. In 2008, an investigation was launched after 23-year-old Jarrod David Stehbens was attacked and killed on the Glenelg Tyre Reef two years prior. A shark shield had been used, but it apparently didn’t work.

So maybe stick to the AC/DC, which might be more badass than a shield anyway. Also, maybe don’t play this song.



Tags: great white sharks, shark attacks, sharks love AC/DC

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