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  Whales could be saved by sirens
Updated 03 December 2003, 07.13
The northern right whale is endangered, photo by NOAA
Endangered whales could be saved because they like the sound of sirens used on police cars and ambulances.

Northern right whales like the noise so much, animal experts hope the sirens can be used to stop them being killed.

As the whales feed near the surface of the sea, they are often hit by passing ships in military exercises.

But if the sirens were used before the exercises take place, the whales will be put on guard and will be much less likely to be hit by a ship.

Tangled up

Fact File
Northern right whales
15 metres long
Weigh about 100 tonnes
Give birth every 3 years

Around two northern right whales are killed each year after being hit by "ship-strikes".

They also often get tangled up in fishing gear.

It's the first time whales have been shown to react to a man-made sound.

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