And while many of these are later written off by experts as likely cases of mistaken identity — basking sharks can look very similar to great whites to the untrained eye — those same experts agree great whites are almost certainly swimming in the waters off the coast of Maine.
Maine is, after all, home to a population of seals, which sharks like to eat, and the coastal waters are the right temperature for the apex predators for a good portion of the year.
Maine also has a cool, up-and-coming heavy metal scene, which we now know great white sharks really dig.
No, seriously. A Discovery Channel crew — as seen in the video above — determined during a summer expedition that playing metal music through underwater speakers attracted the intimidating beasts to their vessel.
The British newspaper The Independent explained further:
“Sharks ‘hear’ by picking up vibrations from receptors on their bodies, meaning they can be attracted to the low-frequency vibrations of heavy music, which apparently sounds like struggling fish.”
This is reinforced by findings a few years earlier by a shark tour guide out of Australia, who reported that he was able to increase sightings on his tours by playing AC/DC hits like “Back In Black.”
“Sharks don’t have ears, they don’t have long hair, and they don’t head bang past the cage doing the air guitar,” clarified Mark Waller for Australian Geographic magazine, but they do love themselves some metal.