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Great white sharks are “Thunderstruck” for AC/DC

By Shane Graber - Posted Jun 03, 2011 10:00 AM
Australia's hard rock band AC/DC has a new fan - the great white shark.
Great white sharks are “Thunderstruck” for AC/DC

Great white shark swims by shark cage. Photo by by Tim Sheerman-Chase, Flickr.

♪♫ “…Shook me all night long
Yeah you shook me all night long…” ♪♫

is playing on the underwater speakers as divers in the shark cage stare out into the inky blue waiting.  Slowly they begin to show up, the great whites, drawn in by the music of AC/DC.


Great white shark tour operators like Matt Waller of Adventure Bay Charters based out of Port Lincoln, Australia have been experimenting with new ways to bring in great white sharks for their tour operations.  Chumming the water, while effective, is falling out of style as it makes for a much more aggressive shark viewing experience for divers in dive cages.

"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 Adelaide Now in an interview earlier this week.  The top two songs that seem to be the most effective are "Shook Me All Night Long" and, surprisingly enough "If You Want Blood."

(via Australian Geographic, Outdoors, Action and Adventure)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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