Thalassophobia is an intense persistent fear of the sea or sea travel. Less than 10% of the ocean has been explored. That means that as scary as we think the ocean is now, it could be so, so much scarier than we ever imagined.
Sometimes the idea of the unknown is way scarier than the terrifying sea creatures we already know about. Sometimes just thinking of deep, dark water gives us the heebie-jeebies. Keep reading if you’re not afraid of the vast emptiness of the sea. If you are afraid, continue at your own risk.
A Blue Whale And A 75-Foot Boat For Scale
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The ocean is a huge place, which means that it’s home to some huge creatures. The blue whale is the largest living thing on the planet, so, naturally, it’s pretty scary to be close to one.
Imagine how tiny you would feel standing next to an animal that big.
Speaking Of Whales…
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Ok, this whale is way too close for comfort. If this happened within a few feet of my human body, I’d be excited and scared at the same time, but I bet if you were scared of the ocean, this would be absolutely terrifying.
That jiggly set of jaws gives me the heebie jeebies.
Too Many Sharks, Not Enough Land
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The good thing about clear water is that you can see everything that’s happening below you. The bad thing about clear water is that you can see everything that’s happening below you.
These are nurse sharks. They’re pretty harmless, but I don’t know how I’d feel about getting in the water with them.
Take A Step Back, Kid
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It doesn’t matter if you have four legs and a cold nose, or if you’re a giant round area rug with a stinging tail, we all love getting petted.
That kid should probably move back a couple of steps though. That stingray looks like he might be dangerous.
Sometimes Water Itself Is The Scariest
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The view through this porthole is both splendid and scary. If I was actually on this boat, I would stare out that window for hours.
But it does give you that literal sinking feeling of being trapped on a ship that’s slowly being pulled into the depths of the ocean.
A Swimming Pool Or A Bottomless Pit?
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I think this is actually a good idea because it would make the pool water really warm. All those black tiles would absorb heat from the sun.
They would probably also absorb demons from the land below, though, so you’ve got to take that into account.
Snakes Aren’t Just For Dry Land
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Let’s go snorkeling, they said. The water is so clear, they said. At least they could see this giant anaconda. It would be so much worse to not see it and then step on it by accident.
Surprise anacondas are the worst. Keep reading to see a turtle that’s bigger than you even knew a turtle could be.
This Wave Is Too Big
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These surfers noped the heck out of that giant wave real fast. Somebody, please explain to me how those waves are so big and how all of those people didn’t just get crushed.
Excuse me while I never go in the ocean again.
Time To Get Back In The Boat
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That guy is not freaking out nearly as much as he should be. If I tiger shark tried to steal my fish basket, I’d throw a hissy fit and get back in the boat pronto.
Maybe he’s just in shock or something. I guess I don’t really know how I’d react to a giant shark invading my personal space.
That’s One Big Turtle
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This is a leatherback turtle- it’s huge and I kind of love it. That turtle is an absolute unit. He’s probably around 1,500 pounds.
If I never see a leatherback turtle in my lifetime, I will have lived an incomplete life. The people on this beach don’t know how lucky they are.
Well, That’s Ominous
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The person who originally posted this photo said that her brother sent it to her while in the middle of the Gulf working on an oil rig.
I never knew working on an oil rig could be so exciting. I don’t think I’d ever want to get into that water, though. I’ll just look at those cool sharks from the safety of dry land.
A Whale Of A Time
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Imagine being that close to a giant whale! My heart is racing just looking at this gif. I’m excited for the person who got to film this. I’m also terrified for the person who got to film this.
But we’re watching it happen, so obviously, everyone got home safe and sound (or sound enough to upload some whale footage.)
Breaching The Surface
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This is a goblin shark. It has the ugliest face of any shark in the ocean. This guy is the reason people are afraid of going in the water.
You never know what could be lurking in the depths of the Atlantic. It could be a goblin shark. If I saw this in real life I’d probably be scared to go into the water too.
Too Close For Comfort
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This giant squid wrapped his tentacles around this guy’s paddleboard. Why would anybody go that far out to the ocean with only a paddleboard?
It seems like he was asking to be attacked by a giant squid. He’s not even wearing a life jacket.
Everybody’s Irrational Fear
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Raise your hand if you were ever scared of a shark eating you while you were swimming in an actual swimming pool. Everybody? That’s what I thought.
We all know that sharks don’t really live in swimming pools. That doesn’t matter. That’s why it’s an irrational fear.
This Drop Off
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This is a seven hundred foot ocean drop off in Grand Turk. Imagine swimming up to that edge and not getting a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.
I think you’d have to be superhuman to not feel profoundly small and insignificant. It looks cool, but it also looks like a horror movie.
Something Lurks Under The Ice
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That alligator snapping turtle is hibernating beneath the ice. As creepy as this looks, I’d much rather encounter a sleeping snapping turtle than an awake snapping turtle.
Let’s just hope that guy is sitting on some really thick ice, and that the turtle is really, really sleepy.
This Is Why You Don’t Swim In The Tennessee River
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Nothing good ever happens in water that green. Murky water is a “stay away” warning from nature. Always listen to nature.
That river snake is a pretty good fisherman. That fish is going to fill his long snakey belly for a month.
This Is Bad, Right? Guys?
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Yup, that is most likely a bad situation. Boats are supposed to be safe, but this crew made a bad call bringing out the inflatable boat. What are the odds that a shark would come bite it? I don’t know, but it happened.
Excuse me while I avoid every boat like the plague from now on. Boats are just a shark’s buffet table.
Nope Nope Nope
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That guy is much too close to the edge of that deep, dark cavern. Nothing good can be happening down there.
I think he should take a few steps back and then we can all go back to living our lives like human beings who have feet instead of fins for a reason.