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'Big Miracle' Beefs Up Big Interest in Alaska Whale-Watching

February 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today, Big Miracle opens in theaters across the country and the timing couldn't be better with Alaska's whale-watching season right around the corner.

The film, starring Drew Barrymore, is based on the real-life rescue of several gray whales near Barrow, Alaska in 1988. Barrymore plays a Greenpeace volunteer who, along with her reporter ex-boyfriend (John Krasinski), convinces rival world superpowers to come together and help save the whales.

Big Miracle, which was filmed entirely on location in Barrow and Anchorage, is expected to increase the interest in whale-watching this year, especially in Alaska.

Alaska's gray whale season takes place in the spring when the whales migrate from Baja California to their summer breeding areas in Northern Alaska.

There are dozens of cruise lines offering whale-watching tours, including Major Marine Tours, which has a 6 hour tour that runs from May 12 to June 16. The one day trip leaves from Seward, Alaska and travels to Kenai Fjords National Park for the best views of Alaskan wildlife. Adult tickets cost $149. For more information, visit MajorMarine.com.

[Photo: IMDb]

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