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A pair of bizarre-looking  guitarfish are the newest addition to Blue Planet Aquarium’s growing band of sharks.


The bottom-dwelling sharks, which get their name from their guitar-like body shape, are set to make their first public appearance at the Cheshire Oaks aquarium over the October Half Term holidays as part of their ‘Blue Planet Rocks’ event (October 24th – November 1st).


New research has shown great white sharks react positively to music; particularly heavy metal and so staff at the aquarium, which has one of the largest collections of sharks and rays in Europe, have decided to test the theory for themselves.


“As well as playing a variety of different music in our underwater tunnel to see if we get any reaction from the sharks, some of our dive team are also planning to test out their air guitar skills underwater and we’ve even persuaded a few of the more musical members of staff to perform,” said Blue Planet Aquarium’s Phil Jones.


“Even the less-musically gifted among us are planning to join in the fun by dressing up as our favourite rock stars and we’re inviting visitors to get involved as well,” he added.


“We are offering one free child admission per standard ticket bought on the day, for every child who arrives in 70’s or 80’s rock fancy dress throughout the event,” he added.


According to experts filmed for a recent documentary on the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week the dense tones of heavy metal music attract sharks because it mimic the low frequency sounds made by an injured fish.


“If proved correct this means that when a shark hears music at the right frequency it’s like somebody rang the dinner bell,” said Phil.


Blue Planet Aquarium’s giant 3.8 million litre Caribbean Reef display is home to one of the biggest collections of shark and rays in Europe. Among the species on display are sand tiger sharks, stingrays, nurse sharks,  lemon sharks, zebra sharks, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks and whitenose guitarfish.