It is often easy to miss things that take place around us when we have our heads looking down at our mobile devices.
A recent photo on Instagram shows an example of this – it is of a man who misses seeing a humpback whale surface close to his boat as he is busy on his phone. Perhaps he was texting or editing content? Or maybe he was recieving an important message he had to respond to immediately? We may never know.
A professional photographer caught this on camera at a whale watch in Redondo Beach, California.
The photographer Eric Smith posted the image to Instagram with the caption “A sign of the times”. He comments in news reports that he took five photos of the man who never looked up from his phone and completely missed the whale swimming past the boat.
Speaking to ABC News, Eric Smith said, “A small private sailboat manoeuvred really close to the whales, and this guy on it was literally sitting in that position and never moved.”
Though perhaps the man is used to seeing humpback whales?
What have you missed while been busy looking at your mobile phone? Is it more entertaining than the world around you? I know that my youngest daughter delights in viewing her Instagram feed as do I!