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The Australian rock band AC/DC may have a new fan base - or should we say fin base.

(Soundbite of song, "Back in Black")

BLOCK: Matt Waller, a charter boat operator in south Australia's Port Lincoln, has found that great white sharks are attracted to the heavy metal group's music when it's played under water. But, he says, it appears to make them less aggressive. Some sharks even rub their snouts against the caged speakers.

Mr. MATT WALLER (Charter Boat Operator): I guess the visual people expect is that, you know, a shark with long hair come head-banging past the cage doing the air guitar. But, of course, sharks don't actually have ears. It is the frequency and vibration they're after.

BLOCK: Waller gave the great whites a taste of other Aussie rock bands, like Midnight Oil and Australian Crawl, but they only seemed to respond to AC/DC, and in particular two songs. This classic...

(Soundbite of song, "Back in Black")

AC/DC: (Singing) 'Cause I'm back in black. Back in the back of a new Cadillac, number one with a bullet, I'm a...

BLOCK: And this one...

(Soundbite of song, "You Shook Me All Night Long")

AC/DC: (Singing) And you shook me all night long, yes you, shook me all night long...

BLOCK: And Waller admits he's no expert but he can speculate as to what kind of music might repel the apparently hard-rocking sharks down under.

Mr. WALLER: 'Cause I know what I don't like.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. WALLER: You know, maybe Celine Dion, might be Justin Bieber, who knows.

BLOCK: Waller says he plans to continue the experiment but expanded the playlist to Led Zeppelin, the White Stripes, Ozzy Osbourne and Wolf Mother. But for now, the one thing we do know is that beachgoers may want to leave the AC/DC back at home.

(Soundbite of song, "You Shook Me All Night Long")

AC/DC: (Singing) You shook me all night long. Yes you, shook me all night long. You knock me out. Said you shook me all night long.

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