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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — An Instagram photo by Eric Smith caught a man missing a humpback whale surfacing 2 feet from him because he was more interested in what was on his phone.

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“A small private sailboat maneuvered really close to the whales, and this guy on it was literally sitting in that position and never moved,” Smith told ABC News.  “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 2 feet in front of him.”

Smith added he took five pictures of whales with the sailboat in the background — and the man never got off his phone in any of them.

“We’re all guilty being buried in our phones, even me,” Smith said. “You think life is better on your phone, but we’re missing what’s happening around us.”