1989 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd prize

Charles Mason

Black Star for Time / Life

01 October, 1988

With the aid of a chain-saw Alaskans carve a trail of breathing holes in the ice in temperatures of minus 26 degrees Celsius. Three grey whales had become trapped under the ice north of Alaska. Aided by the US Air Force and Soviet ice-breakers, local Inuits succeeded in leading two of them back to the open sea.

About the photographer

Charles Mason

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