Oct 13, 2014 10:43 PM

Whale watching winds down off Rye


RYE - What mammal eats a million calories a day? That's the caloric equivalent of 8,000 Reese cups, or 3,200 cheeseburgers.

The answer - most types of whales. Many of which you can find off the N.H. coast.

You will find your fair share of tourists aboard the whale watching boat, but also New Hampshire locals who call themselves regulars because every tour offers a different experience.

"It's a privilege to see these wild creatures so close, so intimately," said Brenda Johnston of Rye. "We have the boat here, right from our village, we can go out."

After Columbus Day, the cold weather puts a stop to whale watching tours off the coast near Rye until May.

"The ocean temperature right now is about 57 degrees," said Melanie White, naturalist and Granite State Whale Watch tour guide. "So, for us humans, it's just a little bit too cool when you tag in the effects of the boat as it moves around."

White said the whales stick around the New Hampshire coastline until the end of November. Then they migrate South. The whales return next spring to teach visitors a thing or two about life.

"We're not the only ones on this planet, and the whales have every right to be here and out on the water as much as we do," said White."To have that moment in time where humans and whales can be in the same area is pretty spectacular."


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