RYE HARBOR, N.H. — A rare sighting of two blue whales has been made in New England.

Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conversation co-founder Dianna Schulte tells WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/2bWLSnt ) she was working aboard the Granite State off the coast of Rye Harbor, New Hampshire, on Friday when she spotted the whales.

The group’s executive director, Jen Kennedy, says blue whale sightings are rare in New England. She says a blue whale might be seen every five to 10 years so spotting two whales together is “simply unheard of.”

Blue whales are the largest mammals on Earth and can be up to 100 feet long.

Schulte plans to send pictures of the whales to researchers in Canada to try to learn more about the two that were spotted.

Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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