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- Posted on Jun 2nd 2011 9:30AM by James Lawrenson
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A charter boat operator in South Australia, who has been researching how music affects shark behaviour, has found great white sharks become much calmer when listening to the Australian rock legends. In particular, the sharks respond most to AC/DC's signature song 'You Shook Me All Night Long.'
Matt Waller told ABC News, "I was talking to a guy who had been diving in Guadeloupe and there were some divers there who just been playing music in the water. We got talking and they said yes there were some certain songs that worked and certain songs that didn't."
He added, "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 in a couple of occasions when we had the speaker in the water and rubbed their face along the speaker, which was really bizarre."
This discovery is bound to lead to more research into what music sharks do or do not respond to, which could, in time, lead to some kind of sonic shark repellent being developed.
"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," Waller said.
"I have this thought that if there is something that attracts them there is obviously going to be something that they reject -- maybe it would be Justin Bieber. Who knows."
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