Great White Sharks Attracted to Heavy Metal Music

Aside from the smell of human blood, great white sharks are also attracted to a certain type of music.

Apparently, the fearsome species digs blasting heavy metal music.


Filming for the Discovery Channel documentary Bride of Jaws, the film crew came up with a novel tactic to lure a great white shark named ‘Joan of Shark’.

In order to attract the 16-foot, 1.6 ton predator, the documentary film crew submerged an underwater speaker playing death metal. Although the bizarre method didn’t attract ‘Joan of Shark’, it caught the attention of two other great whites.

Moments after the music was played, a 12-foot great white approached the cameraman’s underwater cage. It didn’t take long before a second and larger one came along.

According to a report by The Independent UK, sharks pick up the sound vibrations from receptors on their bodies called the lateral line, a sense organ running through the head right down to the side of their body to their tail fin. Great whites are sensitive to the low-frequency vibration of heavy metal music because it resembles the sound of a struggling fish.

In the past, an Australian shark tour boat operator discovered that sharks are attracted to AC/DC songs played from an underwater speaker. Upon hearing the music from the underwater speaker, the sharks went straight to his boat and brushed their heads against the submerged diving cage.

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Great White Sharks: Elusive Underwater Predators

Known as the largest predatory fish on Earth, great white sharks can grow to an average of 15 feet in length and weigh up to 5,000 pounds. To easily catch preys, their mouths are lined up with 300 jagged triangular teeth.

In case you’re wondering, great whites got their name from their universally white underbellies.

The highly adapted predators main preys include seals, sea lions, sea turtles, small toothed whales as well as carrions.