A photo of a man showed missing a humpback whale right in front of him because he was on his cell phone has gone viral thanks to a quick photographer.
In the image, a man can be seen sitting on a sailboat in Redondo Beach, California, as a humpback whale appears in the water before him. Instead of witnessing the beauty of the animal, however, the man misses it completely while he sits on his cell phone.
“A small private sailboat maneuvered really close to the whales, and this guy on it was literally sitting in that position and never moved,” photographer Eric Smith explained. “He could have been texting his mom in the hospital for all I know, but I thought it sucked that he missed such a wonderful moment happening just two feet in front of him.”
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Smith says he thinks his photo, which recently went viral, can be a lesson to everyone to spend less time on devices.
“We're all guilty being buried in our phones, even me,” Smith admitted. “You think life is better on your phone, but we’re missing what’s happening around us.”
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Smith says that out of the five pictures he snapped of the whale in front of the sailboat, the man is sitting on his phone in each one. It’s not clear if the man in the photo is aware that he was even captured on camera.