Real - This is apparently a real collision between a sailboat and a juvenile Southern Right Whale, which was breaching, off the coast of South Africa. Although, there are several strange coincidences related to this event. The photos were taken from a boat which happened to be following and had a camera at the ready. The damage doesn't appear to be as extensive as you would think from a whale landing on the midsection of the vessel. No major damage to the hull.