Australian Sharks Like AC/DC
Apparently, it’s not only humans that like AC/DC‘s music. According to an Australian underwater tour operator, sharks also dig it.
In an interview with Adelaide Now, Matt Waller says that he stumbled upon this unusual revelation during the researching phase. “I asked a couple of [companies] how to attract sharks and they said they hear best at frequencies from 20 to 1000 hertz,” Waller said
Because of their sensitive hearing, Waller says that sharks prefer low frequencies, such as those heard in the music of AC/DC. In a surprising twist however, Waller told ABC that, when playing their music using underwater speakers, sharks responded differently.
“Their behavior was more investigative, more inquisitive and a lot less aggressive,” he said. “They actually came past in a couple of occasions when we had the speaker in the water and rubbed their face along the speaker which was really bizarre.”
He continued by noting that “sharks don’t have ears, so it’s more about trying to establish what frequency and vibration in the water that appeals to the sharks. If we can establish what that is it puts us a step to understanding more about this animal.”
However, Gold Coast Great White Shark researcher Dr. Jonathon Werry believes that it was not AC/DC’s music that the sharks were attracted to as much as it was their natural curiosity prompting their response.
“Sharks have really well developed senses,” Werry said. “Anything new is something that they will often investigate.”
“What Matt [Waller] has come across I have seen in other species of sharks particularly in remote areas where sharks maybe haven’t come into contact with people or boats before and just the slightest noise will actually bring them in to see what that new thing in the area is.”