A handful of people were recently treated to an incredibly rare sighting off the coast of New Hampshire: a pair of blue whales.
Off the New England coast is an unusual location for the world’s largest mammal, and it’s rarer still to find them in pairs.
Researchers with the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and spectators were on an excursion Aug. 26 aboard the Granite State Whale Watch when the amazing sighting occurred.
“Two BLUE WHALES seen off our shores today!!” the society posted on Facebook. “The crew aboard Granite State Whale Watch saw a pair of rare, endangered blue whales traveling off the coast this morning. Blue whales are the largest animal to ever live on Earth! They can reach lengths over 100 feet! Blue whales are rare in our area, and are usually found off of northern Canada.”
JoAnn Adinolfi was also aboard with her daughter for the spectacle.