Sharks rock out.

3 Jun 2011 0 Share

Environmental News
June 3, 2011

When it comes to White Pointers, it seems that far from soothing the savage beasts, music actually fires them up.

Image - Adventure Bay Charters

Image - Adventure Bay Charters

According to a story on Adelaide Now, it’s a little-known fact that South Australian shark-dive operator Matt Waller has been using to his advantage in the waters off Port Lincoln on the states west coast – blasting some Aussie Rock through a set of submersible speakers, originally used for synchronised swimming, to draw in the pointers for his clients in the cage.

Unlike some other shark-diving operators, Matt’s operation doesn’t set a burley slick, relying soley on music to attract the sharks.

“We often head out to the Neptune Islands [a known hangout for whites, south of Port Lincoln], but because we don’t burley-up we can basically go anywhere.”

In keeping with their reputation, the apex predators seem to enjoy their music fast and loud, with a bit of AC/DC usually drawing them in like bogans to, well, an Acca Dacca concert.

He’s not the first to observe the phenomenon, but is keen to discover the science behind it.

“The Guys in Guadelupe [a Mexican island known for it’s large White Sharks] used to do it. They used to put music on for their guests in the water and the sharks would come in… We’re looking at the pitch of rock music and how different frequencies affect them.”

Though they’ve only expanded their operation to offer shark diving in recent months they’ve picked a good year.

“There’s been a lot hanging around. More than we’ve seen in the industry for some time,” says Matt, who believes this years strong La Nina and a combination of other factors, including their food sources has been responsible for the higher-than-average numbers of Great Whites in the area.

“Both the sharks and seals [they feed on] are protected, so there’s got to be more of them,” says Matt, though he notes that the shark’s late maturity means population growth is slow.

“You normally see the sharks in winter, but this year we’ve seen them all summer. They do disappear for periods of time, but we’re hoping they’ll hang around all winter this year.”

As it’s unclear why Angus’ axe-work is the preferred soundtrack for pointers keen to knock back a few seals with their mates, Matt has been hoping to broaden their musical tastes by allowing guests to play their own CDs. 

But not too much.

“I haven’t allowed anyone to play Justin Bieber yet,” laughs Matt. “I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be into that.”

Want to party with the pointers? 
Check out Adventure Bay Charters website for information and pricing…

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