The photo was taken at the entrance to Katlian Bay. The whale is coming up to scoop up a mouthful of herring. The kayaker is a local Sitka Dentist. The whale's mouth is fully open with the bottom half under the boat by Mark Tennant.
The fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), also called the finback whale, razorback, or common rorqual, is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. It is the second-largest animal after the blue whale.
Humbpack whales - Réunion island - are bloody beautiful. Their sheer size and texture is so surreal it seems digitalised. Seeing two of them together, side by side, it's difficult to imagine how so much matter could exist in one view.