Sharks getting into the holiday spirit

Posted on December 22, 2008

If you've had enough of Christmas music being played incessantly throughout your region, just be thankful you are not a shark at Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre in the United Kingdom. There, scientists are examining sharks' reactions to Christmas tunes.

Cue the "We Three Kingfishes" remake.

There are actual ways to determine a shark's reaction to sounds, according to senior marine biologist Chris Brown, not to be confused with the American pop artist. Brown said signs like "lowering their fin tips, swimming faster and making sudden tight turns" could indicate emotion, whether good or bad.

Of course, who knows if the sharks' movements will have anything to do with the singing of Bing Crosby or the Chipmunks. I'm also curious to find out if sharks' shopping habits change when inundated with holiday music, since it seems as if most malls think that's the way to go.