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Dave Sandford

The Boy Who Met a Whale

The Boy Who Met a Whale

Regular price $149.00 USD
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Hahnemühle Photo Rag Cotton Paper.

These prints are produced without plastic packaging and with utmost care for the environment.

Shipping & Returns

Free Shipping during promotional periods, any amount of prints, anywhere in the world!

My artwork ships from my print lab in Europe. Depending on your location, you may be assessed Customs, Duties, or Import Taxes. These are assessed by your government, and not by myself.

If your art work is damaged please contact me immediately to arrange a replacement free of charge.

Care Instructions

This fine art paper is very fragile, please frame upon receiving your shipment or store in the original packaging.

From the surface as I got my fins ready, I could see the blows of mother and calf from a few hundred yards away. Armed with my camera in my water housing, I slipped into the turbulent 12’ swell, a welcome respite from the 100° Tongan heat. I moved into position patiently waiting for an approach, which takes mere seconds for an ocean giant.


I had envisioned an intimate frame of mother and calf, but instead it evolved into an intimate moment where I became part of their world. She quickly approached. Our eyes locked on one another and while transfixed, I felt a blow to my head. Unsure what happened, I managed to get my mask back in place within a few seconds and came to realize her pectoral fin had accidentally clipped the side of my face. Recomposed, I watched her quickly pivot away from her calf back toward me.  Our eyes locked again for what seemed an eternity, and within her lingering gaze and the trail of champagne bubbles she released, I could feel her compassion toward me.  It was as if she returned to say, “I’m sorry”.  With a smile, I nodded and saluted her. She then rejoined her calf and they continued interacting among us.


My rendezvous with these whales reaffirmed to me an emotional communication between humans and animals. I witnessed a true sense of compassion and caring in her response to our unforeseen encounter. My image encapsulated the emotions of one of my most profound experiences and the mystic bond it provided between myself and this gentle giant of the sea.

Printed on: Hahnemühle Photo Rag

3:2 Ratio

Border Size


12” x 18”



16” x 24”



24” x 36”



40” x 60”


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Dave Sandford's Conservation Mission

As a Polar Bear International Ambassador, I proudly donate 10% of my polar bear photography print sales to support and aid in Polar Bear conservation.

Thank you for supporting my work and supporting wildlife conservation through purchasing my artwork.

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    We ship our art work with the best possible, recycleable materials but sometimes shipping can be rough. Please contact us immediately if any issues from shipping.