Joel Callen

News

Fri, 6 Feb, 2015

Man misses whale right next to him because of phone

Man misses whale right next to him because of phone

A man in California has missed a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a humpback whale and its calf up close. Because he was on his phone. Yep, you read that right, this gentleman was glued to his phone, and completely oblivious to the majestic whale that was surfacing just metres from his boat.

The moment was all captured, however, by photographer Eric Smith, who posted pictures of the whale and its would-be watcher on his Instagram account.

Smith captioned the photo: “A sign of the times. Hey dude! Stop texting. There’s an enormous humpback whale two feet from your boat!”

Smith spoke to US broadcaster ABC News, telling them, “We’re all guilty of being buried in our phones, even me. You think life is better on your phone, but we’re missing what’s happening around us.”

Image credit: Instagram