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Gray Whale Trapped by Sea Ice

Picture by: Dave Withrow Picture taken on: January 17th, 1988

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Early on during the Operation Breakthrough rescue, the three gray whales were breathing through small holes to get air. In 1988, three gray whales were trapped by sea ice outside Barrow, Alaska. This event inspired a new film called "Big Miracle," which was released in February 2012. This photo was scanned from slides at the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle.

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