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Big Miracle: The Real Rescue in Images

Operation Breakthrough team

gray whale rescue, Big Miracle

(Image credit: NOAA.)

Above are just a few of the people from a wide array of groups that participated in the rescue. From left to right: Mark Fraker (an oil company worker); Dave Withrow and Jim Harvey.

"There were so many groups Inupiat hunters, biologists, oil companies, United States and Soviet Union government agencies, the military, non-profit organizations, and the press on the scene and everyone wanted to play a part," Withrow said.