Way back in October 1988 three gray whales lingered to long off Point Barrow, and became trapped in the sea ice. Fortunately though humans have warmed the Arctic to the point that in 2010 the sea freezes later, melts earlier in the spring, and doesn't get as thick. Not so good for Polar Bears, but NO whales have been trapped since. The rescue effort in 1988 became a huge international effort to free the whales. The Russians sent a Ice Breaker ship. The Coast Guard had huge helicopters dropping 5 ton concrete blocks, and the media had a circus. Over 5 million dollars were spent to free the whales, but they got out, swam away, and haven't been seen since.
Actual Barrow Whale Hunters Keeping The Sea Ice Open For The Trapped Whales
Well until now. For the past month or so a real live movie staring Drew Barrymore, Ted Danson...Is filming right here in Anchorage. It's called Everybody Loves Whales, and is about the whale rescue.
Since they have been filming all over town it has been exciting to see first hand the craft of making a movie, and the people involved. Lots of local Union people have been working on building the sets, and other technical parts of film making. Floors of a local Union hotel have been rented, for the stars and crew. Movie star sightings have and continue to occur It's a win win. Well unless you don't like Unions like our t bagger mayor, son of fink.
Movie Set Being Created at the Port Of Anchorage
Wall of Sea Ice being created out of salt.
The film comes out in 2012. The same year the Mayans predicted the world will end. Hope I get to see it.