In contrast to their portrayed image of being monstrous creatures, sharks actually are very sophisticated creatures of all with a likeness for jazz music, as per the new research.
The Australian scientists at the Macquarie University Fish Lab have identified that sharks are able to link music with food rewards and that they love jazz more than classical kind of music.
The researchers trained the sharks—baby Port Jackson to make a connection of music with food rewards as part of their research study which is published in the Animal Cognition journal.
They found that the sharks learned to travel far off to a feeding station in a much better way when the jazz music was played rather than on other types of music.
Catarina Vila-Pouca—the research’s lead author from the department of biological sciences said that sounds are crucial for aquatic animals, the sound travels underwater and fishes use it for finding their food, hiding places and even for communication.
The reports are only circumstantial however the researchers have noted stories recommending that sharks could associate the sound of boat engines with good.
Professor Culum Brown said that while the sharks performed well on jazz beats they surprisingly underperformed when classical music was played.
He said that when the classical music was played sharks knew they had to do something, but they could not comprehend that they need to go to a different location.
Ms Vila Pouca said that sharks are largely underestimated regarding learning-abilities—most people take them as instinctive, mindless creatures, but they really have big brains and are much smarter than they are given credit for.
Further investigation and a better understanding of this would help in growing positive public opinion of sharks and may shift public and political beliefs regarding their conservation.