Subject: Re: 1988 Gray Whale Rescue in Barrow, Alaska

Robert Kenney (
Mon, 10 Nov 97 10:44:50 EST

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 10:01:12
From: Robert Kenney <>
Subject: Re: 1988 Gray Whale Rescue in Barrow, Alaska

At 15:51 11/9/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Dear Dr. Kenney:
>I am searching the Net (with no luck) for FACTS surrounding the 1988 rescue
>of 3 gray whales in Barrow, Alaska.  Can you help?
>C.J. Kukoski
Here's what I remember:  Three gray whales got trapped in the ice during the
all freeze-up.  The media found out about it, and it became a major
television and newspaper circus.  The government spent a couple million
dollars, and finally a Soviet icebreaker opened a channel so the whales
could get to open water.  As I recall, the whales were not tagged, so nobody
knows whether they survived or not.

1988 was back before anyone except geek scientists had even heard of the
Internet or email, so I'm not surprised that you haven't found anything on
the Web.  Since it was primarily a news story and not a scientific issue,
your best bet is to look in archives of wire-service stories and newspaper
articles.  I think there is an archive of news stories somewhere, but I'm
not sure if it's accessible on-line and the name of it is stuck way in the
back of my brain and refuses to come out.

Dr. Bob

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