Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Australian Sharks Love AC/DC
In the spirit of Shark Week, I thought I would share with you an interesting shark related rock story. It would seem that recently an under water tour operated in Australia found out that not only people love AC/DC, but sharks in Australia do too.
Tour operator Matt Waller was recently interviewed by Adelaide Now and was asked how he came to this astounding discovery. He says when he asked about how to attract sharks he was told by a couple of different companies that they hear best at 20-1000 hertz. Waller further went on by saying that sharks prefer low frequencies, such as the ones in AC/DC's rocking tunes. When played under water however, the sharks reacted differently. Waller says in a different interview with ABC:
“Their behavior 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. 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.”
People from the scientific community like Dr. Jonathan Werry are a bit more skeptical about the claim saying that sharks are naturally curious so any sound of that nature will draw their attention and cause them to investigate, especially when they have not come into much contact with boats or people.
Whatever the case may be, it's still amusing to find out that Waller claims that sharks like AC/DC songs You Shook Me All Night Long and If You Want Blood (You Got It) more than anything else. If it is true that the sharks love AC/DC, at least they have good taste in music. Maybe if sharks weren't so deadly we could invite them to a concert?
Sorry I haven't posted anything in a few days. My internet was out of whack, so the only way I was able to get online was by going somewhere with wi-fi for a bit. Things seem to be back in order now though, so I will be back on track.