Have you heard of the phobia called thalassophobia? It is a fear of the sea and you may not think you have it, but after seeing these photos, you will know you definitely have it.
When I was young, our summers often involved trips to California, where we visited Sea World and Disneyland, and inevitably a full day at the beach. We would pack lounge chairs and umbrellas that we would haul across the hot, blazing sand where my parents would excuse us for going to play. My older brother and I quickly ran into the ocean and swam to the depths where the waves would start breaking (right where the surfers would wait to catch the waves).
We played for hours and hours diving under the rolling waves and letting the water spin us into the sea. We were just heading to the beach so that we could walk back to where my parents were as the tide would drag us to the bottom of the beach without us even realizing what was going on. As a child I never thought twice about what could be hiding in the water right under our feet. It scares me just to think about what could have been swimming near us without us noticing. The ocean is a vast and scary world that we know very little about.
And it’s so dark and dark that something might be a few steps away from you and you wouldn’t even notice.
1. If this were the only photo in this post, it would be enough to make me wonder why anyone would get in the water! I once saw a documentary where they tagged a great white shark and it went several times a few meters from the beach goers. Super scary to think this might be near you and you wouldn’t even know it until it’s too late!
2. Knowing the size of the animals in the ocean is enough to drive any sane person crazy! And they blend directly into the water that surrounds them!
3. I’m afraid of the little jellyfish! Can you imagine how terrifying it would be to run into a giant lion’s mane jellyfish?
4. They say that space is the last frontier, but I beg to differ. The ocean is so immensely deep and mostly unexplored. They are discovering new species all the time! I really don’t want to know which monsters have yet to be discovered in the dark abyss!
5. I would literally pee in my pants (or swimsuit) if I saw this stalking me! That shark is twice the size of a kayak and could easily overturn it! I will continue with the kayaking in the lakes, thank you very much!
6. I’m not sure exactly what it is. It looks like a combination of a potato bug and a snail. Whatever it is, I don’t really want to meet one in the water!
7. Am I the only one worried about this swimmer who is crossing a deep dark cliff on the ocean floor ?! Who knows what’s down there waiting to devour an unsuspecting victim!
8. Yes, sure the giant parsnip seems to be smiling and the swimmer is doing her zen thing, but that thing might be smiling because she found an easy snack!
9. I know seaweed isn’t as scary as a shark, but have you ever had something brush against you that blows you out of your own skin? This is the feeling I get just seeing these waving in the waves!
10. This goblin shark is the stuff of nightmares! It doesn’t even matter that they live in the deepest parts of the ocean. The fact that they exist is reason enough to stay out of the water!
11. I’m sure people would enjoy exploring abandoned ships in the ocean, but those ships give me a creepy feeling. I would be worried that the prop would magically ignite and tear me apart if I were that diver, even if my brain tells me it can’t.
12. Even scarier than sharks is the giant squid! Have you seen how aggressive squid can be? And they travel in swarms that can tear you apart!
13. This aerial view of an island with clear water shows how vast the underwater landscape is. No one ever imagines that there are mountains and valleys, cliffs and waterfalls beneath the ocean’s surface. It’s cool but in a scary way!
14. An Angler Fish is definitely a rival for the Goblin Shark in the weird fish contest! Those needle-like teeth are something I NEVER want to meet in my life! If I ever see something bright and shimmering, fluttering in the dark ocean, you can bet I’ll swim in the opposite direction!
15. Another example of how the ocean can bring down the floor right below you! I would be so scared that a huge eel is hiding in that hole ready to bite the diver!
16. While whales are not in theory intimidating, I guarantee you that they are in person. They are gigantic! And it could easily kill you without even trying. You could be crushed like a fly by this huge creature!
17. If I were this surfer, I’d say “Hell No!” and return to shore, where I would NEVER enter the water again! I wonder if it’s too close to see it though. It puts the dangers you face when in the water in a new perspective!
18. The only way I like crab is steamed in a bucket! I would cry if I met one on the beach or in the water!
19. Breeds as far as the eye can see. I’d like to see it, from the side of a boat. But even then I would be terrified of falling and being surrounded by these creatures!
20. Can you imagine diving only to find yourself surrounded by a school of hammerhead sharks ?! I hope the sharks cannot sense fear because in this situation I would be doomed!
21. Hello. Bye!
I think the marine life is absolutely beautiful! I love the ocean and I love the beauty of sharks, fish, etc., but I’d rather appreciate them from the safety of land, or at least from the deck of a boat. Knowing that there are monsters in the ocean makes me appreciate aquariums even more! Aquariums allow me to see what’s lurking in the sea with the convenience of knowing I’m behind thick glass! I’m pretty sure I’ll never go swimming in the ocean again and you can rest assured I’ll never let my kids go alone like my parents left me as a kid!