What to put on a shark's playlist

Louis Dor
Sunday 09 October 2016 10:00
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A new book which explores animal relationships with music has found that Great White Sharks particularly enjoy AC/DC.

You read that correctly. According to the book called The Mice Who Sing For Sex: And Other Weird Tales From The World Of Science, Great Whites are particularly receptive to You Shook Me All Night Long and If You Want Blood (You Got It).

Sharks don't have ears - which might be your first counterpoint to this news.

However, they do have electroreception and can sense vibrations in the water, however, and they appear drawn to low frequency pulsing - which is particularly common in heavy metal songs.

Matt Wller, a boat operator in Southern Australia, first noticed this phenomena in 2011, when he told ABC News he had been putting his speaker underwater:

I started going through my albums and AC/DC was something that really hit the mark.

Their behaviour was more investigative, more inquisitive and a lot less aggressive.

They actually came past on a couple of occasions when we had the speaker in the water and rubbed their face along the speaker which was really bizarre.

This isn't the first time music has been used to affect shark behaviour. In 2009 the London Aquarium attempted to encourage Zebra sharks to breed by playing Barry White's Baby We Better Try To Get It Together and My First, My Last, My Everything.

At the time Paul Hale, the aquarium curator, said:

Research suggests that fish can not only hear music but can appreciate different tunes and melodies so we have decided to see if some good old fashioned love songs will get them in the mood!

Sharks appear to enjoy bursts of low frequencies - we'd be excited to learn if any research has been done into drum and bass for carcharodons.

Nice market, that.

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