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    A cage-diving operator in South Australia has discovered that great white sharks in that region are fans of rock-and-roll music -- specifically that produced by the legendary Australian band AC/DC.

    Matt Waller of Adventure Bay Charters began experimenting with music played through underwater speakers, as other cage-diving operators in other regions have, as a means of luring sharks to divers in cages without using chummed fish parts, which is increasingly controversial.

    Sharks are sensitive to vibrations and have long been known to be able to hone in on the source of the noise from great distances. (Pacific Islanders used to rub coconuts together underwater to attract certain species of sharks.)

    Waller, in a news release, invited guests to bring their own CDs to "see if the Great White has similar taste in rock-and-roll, pop or hip-hop. Any genre is welcome, if the sharks don't like it, we will put AC/DC back on, which to date is their favorite!"

    Several Australian newspapers have picked up the story, quick to make note of Waller's observation that one of the songs most likely to attract great whites is "If You Want Blood." Another favorite is "Shook Me All Night Long."

    Waller explained to Adelaide Now that it's a specific range of frequency, not the titles or lyrics, that attracts sharks from long distances. He added that AC/DC's high-decibel, low-frequency music seems perfect for the task for the predators at Neptune Islands.

    "We know the AC/DC music works best by trial-and-error, and we are doing more research to see what works best with different species of sharks," Waller told the newspaper. "Quite often we can see the sharks on the surface, but most of the time our guests want to get in the cage and see them up close. I've seen the sharks rub their faces on the cage where the sound is coming from as if to feel it."

    Reached Wednesday for this story he said: "Effectively food [chum] will get better results, but it delivers a more aggressive experience. We are after a passive experience; we don't see signs of aggression but we see more curiosity and are interested in finding exactly which frequencies work the best and which ones don't."

    While playing music underwater to attract sharks is becoming increasingly popular at dive sites, it remains unclear whether the music is harmful to sharks or to what extent this might alter their environment. Certainly, not everyone favors the practice.

    Said Patric Douglas, CEO of Shark Diver and a longtime tour operator: "Call me a purist, but would we do the same thing in Alaska with bear encounters?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilovevh View Post
    Said Patric Douglas, CEO of Shark Diver and a longtime tour operator: "Call me a purist, but would we do the same thing in Alaska with bear encounters?"
    Probably not, but then bears aren't generally attracted by vibrations, are they? Nor do they live deep beneath the sea and have fins...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    bears aren't generally attracted by vibrations, are they?
    Bears are attracted by women when they are, uh, not feeling so fresh. At least I saw this in a show once.

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    That's just 'cause bears are perverts.....just ask seenbad.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by BREW CREW View Post
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    In all seriousness, I would actually be quite fascinated to know whether Van Halen has been played to those sharks (apart from Ray Danniels, that is) and, if so, what their reaction was.

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