Stanley Yacht Services: Is Your Boat Engine Playing Jaws' Theme Music? Scientists Say Sharks Like Certain Electric Beats

Monday, January 26, 2015

Is Your Boat Engine Playing Jaws' Theme Music?
Scientists Say Sharks Like Certain Electric Beats

This redfish bit the hook, not Capt Scott's motor.
Photo | MadFish Charters website
"Don't you eat my trolling motor again!" was the plea from MadFish Charters Capt Scott Fitzgerald as a Great White shark repeatedly circled his boat, pausing each time to gnaw on the engine. After the finned fiend had a few bites, Fitzgerald had seen enough; he left the area, his once brand new motor now scarred.

The close encounter of a toothy kind happened last week in the Gulf of Mexico, about eight miles off Panama City Beach, and experts think they know why the 10-foot predator was determined to dine on Fitzgerald's motor:  sharks are attracted to certain electric pulses.

Why Great White Sharks Try to Eat Boat Engines : DNews

So, it seems, the Madfish boat's trolling motor must have been giving off some appetizing beats, which confused this particularly curious - and, apparently, hungry - shark. Our only question: Is there a way to make sure our motors' electric vibrations aren't on a shark's preferred playlist?

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