Did you know that sharks find death metal music attractive?
Who would thought that sharks – some of the deadliest and scariest marine creatures on our planet, actually find death metal appealing?
Sharks can’t actually hear sounds. They use something similar to echolocation (just like bats and other creatures) in order to locate the nearest objects. Sharks can pick up a variety of underwater vibrations, which are emitted by the movement of other marine creatures. The vibration detectors in the shark’s body allow it to measure the distance between it and its prey. A team of scientists, who were filming footage for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, decided to try to attract a certain type of these predators, which they call Joan of Sharks. They submerged one gigantic speaker underwater and started playing a variety of sounds in an attempt to find the ones, which would produce vibrations attractive enough for Joan. Unfortunately, they didn’t succeed. During their attempts, however, they played death metal music and found out that two other sharks were highly attracted by the vibrations the music was creating in the water. One of these sharks the shocking 12 feet long!
So, as it turns out, sharks actually find metal music appealing, especially death metal music. But what can be the reason behind their liking of metal? Well, sharks are actually attracted by those vibrations, which have lower frequencies. According to experts, fish struggling for survival are emitting such vibrations underwater and that’s why sharks are attracted by them.
The tactic with the speakers and the fake vibrations has been a common practice for many scientists and shark hunters. Unfortunately for the guys from Discovery Channel, they didn’t manage to attract Joan of Sharks with death metal music or with the other sounds they played on the speakers.