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Sunset on Rescue Operation

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Sunset on Rescue Operation

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

Tags: rescue Alaska operation breakthrough gray whale 1988

Sunset, still early in Operation Breakthrough. Whales continue to break through small breathing holes. In 1988, three gray whales were trapped by sea ice outside Barrow, Alaska. This event inspired the new film Big Miracle, released in February 2012. This photo was taken by Dave Withrow, NOAA Fisheries Service, and scanned from slides at the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle.

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