Published Jun 02, 2011Maybe chalk it up to supporting your local bands, but Australian scientists have apparently found that great white sharks are calmed by the music of hard rock icons AC/DC. Despite the shrillness of frontman Brian Johnston's killer quack and the cranked-Marshall attack of Angus Young, music soothes the savage beast, it seems.
Matt Waller, a chartered boat operator in southern Australia, has been studying the behavioural patterns of great white sharks when subjected to music and found that their moods were noticeably calmer when exposed to AC/DC. It's unclear what other music they used in the study, though we're assuming at some point they had to have tried Great White.
"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 there were some certain songs that saw an actual change in the behaviour of the sharks," Waller told ABC News. "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."
Waller added that the sharks were particularly responsive to 1980 mega-hit "You Shook Me All Night Long."
"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."
The findings are especially interesting once you work in the fact that sharks don't have ears, meaning they're responding to the frequencies and vibrations of the music, not necessarily the melodies.
Thanks to NME for the tip.