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Applied science: piscine music

UnderwaterMusic.gifScientists desperate for reluctant sharks to mate plan to pipe the romantic music of Mozart, Beethoven and Puccini into their north-west England aquarium tank.

Display supervisor Carey Duckhouse says 20-year-old male brown shark Bloodnose has spurned the advances of 15-year-old Lucy since they were introduced a year ago at the Blackpool Sea Life Centre….

They will be serenaded with classical greats such as Mozart’s Romanze, Puccini’s Nessun Dorma and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, which will be played through speakers over the open-topped tank.

The aquarists turned to classical music after having failed to put the sharks in the mood to mate with the love songs of late soul singer Barry White.

Ms Duckhouse says the attempt may seem “a little bit nutty” and “a long shot” but a US study found fish could listen and process melodies like human beings

So says a May 24, 2007 AFP report. The May 28 issue of the Blackpool Citizen gives a further key detail:

It is the theme tune to Titanic which has led to the most response from the potential mum and dad according to workers at the centre.

(Thanks to investigator Ed Lewandowski for bringing this to our attention.)

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