Barry White songs used to encourage shark to mate in aquarium
The deep seductive voice of Barry White has been called on at Sea Life London Aquarium to try and encourage Zorro, a six-year-old zebra shark, to mate.
Published: 11:31AM BST 19 Aug 2009
Zorro: Hopes were high when the aquarium introduced Zorro to fellow zebra shark Mazawabee Photo: NATIONAL PICTURES
Hopes were high when the aquarium introduced Zorro to fellow zebra shark Mazawabee on Valentine's Day this year.
But despite being noted for his sexual advances to tank mates when he was at Sea Life in Belgium, he has not been doing as expected.
Aquarium chiefs have turned to the late soul singer - sometimes referred to as "The Walrus of Love" - and are playing Baby We Better Try To Get It Together and My First, My Last, My Everything.
If the singer's tunes do not work, they are considering trying Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On, Wet Wet Wet's Love Is All Around, and Diana Ross and Lionel Richie's Endless Love.
Other romantic tunes include Tom Jones's It's Not Unusual, Elvis Presley's I Can't Help Falling In Love With You and Righteous Brothers' Unchained Melody complete the list.
"Zorro has something of a reputation as a 'ladies' shark'' and as Mazawabee has been 'single' for a number of years now we really thought they would get together very quickly," Paul Hale, the aquarium curator, said:
''But it's been months since their first introduction and although there are certainly signs that Zorro has been making advances, we would really have expected some serious mating by now.
''Research suggests that fish can not only hear music but can appreciate different tunes and melodies so we have decided to see if some good old fashioned love songs will get them in the mood!''
Barry White songs used to encourage shark to mate in aquarium - Telegraph