Rodney Bursiel Photography

Whale Tail


I had heard that Tonga was a good place to interact with humpback whales, but I wasn’t exactly sure where it was located. In 2016 I had booked a surf trip to Fiji and about a week before leaving I learned that Tonga was only a 1.5 hour flight away, but I had talked to several people that all agreed it wasn’t a good idea to just show up without a proper guide already lined up because the wrong one could make for a bad experience, but I figured a bad experience with whales was better than a good experience sitting on the sofa. So I changed my trip, and as luck would have it, there was a spot available for me on a boat. On the first day I captured the shot I was looking for. This was a juvenile humpback that swam over to check me out then started doing tail slaps right in front of me. I couldn’t believe it. Moral of the story…go!

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Printing: 12”x18” is printed on metallic paper. Larger sizes are printed on metal.
Framing: 12”x18” is unframed. 24”x36”, 36”x54” and 40”x60” are mounted in a wood float frame. 48”x72” is mounted on an inset frame.
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48”x72” prints require special handling which is quoted by the shipper at the time your order is placed.


All artwork is offered as a limited edition. Rodney carefully selects each image and chooses a number of prints to make available for each image. This edition size is shared across all prints of an image. For example, if an edition is set at 25 prints there will never be more than 25 prints of that image (regardless of print size) so each individual work will retain its value over time.


As with most fine art, as an edition sells the prices increase. Later images in an edition will be priced higher.

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Size Options

12×18, 24×36, 36×54, 40×60, 48×72


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