Texting man misses whale surfacing feet from him

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — A picture of a humpback whale and her calf surfacing off the coast of California has gone viral, but it’s the human being in the picture that is the real reason for all the attention.

Photographer Eric Smith was able to capture the moment when the whales surfaced five feet in front of a man who apparently missed it because he was focused on his phone.

Smith says he has five photos of the man entranced in his phone and that he never even looked up from the screen to appreciate the moment.