You probably know that humans have only explored about 5% of the world’s oceans. But did you know that the number of viruses in the ocean outnumbers the amount of stars in the Milky Way? Or how about the fact that the deepest part of the ocean stretches down about 36,200 feet? How much do you know about hydrothermal vents? As it turns out, these deep sea vents can reach temperatures of up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit. But don’t worry, if you ever made it that far down, you’d likely be crushed by the water pressure before you were melted. 

Are these facts starting to make you sweat? If so, you just might have thalassophobia, or the intense fear of large bodies of water. While many of us love a trip to the beach or going swimming in a warm lake in the summer, these places serve as other people’s worst nightmares. And if you’re certain that you’re purely a land creature, you might want to avoid this list. But if you’re interested in exploring the depths of the ocean and the insane amounts of power that water has, you’re in for a real treat.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite posts from the Thalassophobia subreddit down below to captivate, and possibly terrify, you pandas. Be sure to upvote the pics that you find most fascinating (or unsettling), and let us know in the comments how you feel about vast bodies of water. Then, if you can handle even more of these scary photos, you can check out Bored Panda’s last article on thalassophobia right here! Now, cue the Jaws theme song!

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Deep Water Swell

Deep Water Swell

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A Huge Wave

A Huge Wave

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ShyWahine
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mother Nature is a force that's equally awesome and terrifying at the same time...

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Alex Dawson's Award-Winning Viciously Haunting Scuba Diving Photos

Alex Dawson's Award-Winning Viciously Haunting Scuba Diving Photos

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The Thalassophobia subreddit has been around since 2013, and it’s become an incredibly popular place since then. It currently has 1.2 million members, and it is home to countless posts featuring how frightening and amazing the world’s bodies of water can be. From photos of creatures that look like they’re from another planet to gigantic waves that could take out entire towns, this online community certainly makes it clear how one could be scared of vast bodies of water. Personally, I’ve always loved swimming in the ocean and taking a trip to a lake, but it only takes one close encounter with drowning to remind you just how powerful water is.

If you’ve never heard of thalassophobia, let’s break down exactly what it is and how it typically manifests itself. Similar to any other specific phobia, Healthline explains that thalassophobia can include symptoms such as restlessness, feeling on edge or worried, being unable to concentrate, irritability, muscle tension, sweating or looking flushed, increased heart rate, trembling, chest pain or discomfort, a feeling of impending doom, a sense of loss of control, upset stomach, chills or hot flashes, and trouble sleeping. In short, it can certainly negatively impact a person’s quality of life. 

#4

When You're Swimming And Feel Seaweed Touching Your Feet..... But Actually

When You're Swimming And Feel Seaweed Touching Your Feet..... But Actually

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Sahshdiurrbrjdjdjf
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Garden eels. Completely harmless. And as you approach them they retreat into their burrows. So they won't touch your feet.

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Posted On R/Damnthatsinteresting But Thought It Fit Better Here

Posted On R/Damnthatsinteresting But Thought It Fit Better Here

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Mari Mar Pinta
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've read that you only see 1/3 of an iceberg when looking at it... obviously the rest is very well hidden! What a pic!

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The Finnish Nature Photograph Of The Year By Antti Strang

The Finnish Nature Photograph Of The Year By Antti Strang

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If you start to feel like you’re experiencing any of those symptoms just by viewing the pics on this list, feel free to swim away as fast as you can. These photos can be extremely triggering. But if you want to combat your thalassophobia head on, exposure therapy is one possible form of treatment. Betterhelp recommends finding a fitting method to expose yourself to what exactly is causing your fear of bodies of water. “If your fear stems from an inability to swim in deep water, you may take a swimming class,” they explain on their site. 

“If you’re worried about sea creatures, you may try visiting them at an aquarium. If you’re able to look directly at your fears, you may be surprised by how quickly you’re able to move past them.” It is best to do this with the help of a professional, so today, viewing this list on your own might be a bit too overwhelming. But if you are experiencing discomfort, anxiety or fear around topics such as this, know that you’re not alone.  

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No Land In Sight?

No Land In Sight?

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JB
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome (I mean the missed/uncensored word)

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It’s actually quite common to have some sort of fear revolving around bodies of water. According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 3% of Americans have aquaphobia, and many people have other water-related phobias including ablutophobia (fear of bathing), cymophobia (fear of waves), megalohydrothalassophobia (fear of underwater creatures or objects), submechanophobia (fear of submerged objects), and thalassophobia. These phobias often stem from past traumatic events involving water, negative stories about water, their family history or being exposed to someone else with the same fears. 

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This Shot Was Taken Off Moalboal On The Island Of Cebu, Philippines. This Guy Was Free Diving With Just A Mask. I Was Lucky Enough To Catch Him Coming Up Through A Bait Ball. Shot With A 5dsr 8-15 Mm Lens Set At 10 Mm 200th Sec @ F8 2 Ysd1's

This Shot Was Taken Off Moalboal On The Island Of Cebu, Philippines. This Guy Was Free Diving With Just A Mask. I Was Lucky Enough To Catch Him Coming Up Through A Bait Ball. Shot With A 5dsr 8-15 Mm Lens Set At 10 Mm 200th Sec @ F8 2 Ysd1's

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Worlds Smallest Inhabited Island

Worlds Smallest Inhabited Island

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Thalassophobia And Submechanophobia Combined Into One Photo

Thalassophobia And Submechanophobia Combined Into One Photo

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But aside from people who have a phobia associated with water, plenty of other people are simply scared in deep water. According to Cision, 46% of American adults are afraid when in a pool where the water goes over their heads, and 64% of American adults are scared in deep, open water. This is a perfectly normal reaction; technically, there is possible danger present when we’re surrounded by water so we should be aware of it. It’s important to stay safe and avoid being alone in deep water because you never know what will happen. And if your fear comes from being unable to swim, don’t be afraid to do something about it! It’s never too late to learn how to swim and feel more confident in water. (Not to mention how much fun swimming is!)  

#13

The First Underwater Photograph. At A Depth Of 195 Feet In The Mediterranean

The First Underwater Photograph. At A Depth Of 195 Feet In The Mediterranean

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In France, "La Fosse Dionne" Is A Seemingly Bottomless Water Pit. Despite Several Attempts By Divers, Its Depth Has Been Impossible To Find. Exploring It Is Now Strictly Controlled As Multiple Deaths Have Occured

In France, "La Fosse Dionne" Is A Seemingly Bottomless Water Pit. Despite Several Attempts By Divers, Its Depth Has Been Impossible To Find. Exploring It Is Now Strictly Controlled As Multiple Deaths Have Occured

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#15

Saw This Picture On Facebook From The Page Wonders Of The Planet Earth. A Shipwreck Being Reclaimed By The Sea

Saw This Picture On Facebook From The Page Wonders Of The Planet Earth. A Shipwreck Being Reclaimed By The Sea

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M. Ellen Dash, founder and CEO of Miracle Swimming for Adults in Sarasota, Florida, told Cision, “People want to know how to swim. Those who learn to swim welcome summertime. But many fail swimming lessons. Unbeknownst to most instructors, the failure is often due to panic during lessons,” she explained. “Many people consider panic a normal step of learning. However, students will only endure this emotional pain to a point, after which they quit. If they return to traditional lessons years later determined to learn, they are often met with the same system that is blind to the harm done by panic.  The cycle continues."

"It's okay to be afraid in water," Dash says. "No one is afraid for a silly reason. Yet everyone needs to know how to swim. Find a program that will work for you."

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The Arch In The Blue Hole, Egypt Which Has Infamously Claimed Up To 200 Lives

The Arch In The Blue Hole, Egypt Which Has Infamously Claimed Up To 200 Lives

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Rebreather Diving, Eastern Slovakia

Rebreather Diving, Eastern Slovakia

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When You Fear Of Flying And Your Fear Of Water Meet Eachother

When You Fear Of Flying And Your Fear Of Water Meet Eachother

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If the idea of getting in the ocean is just too much for you, perhaps we can assuage some of your fears. I consulted this list from Parade that explains why we have no need to hold some of the most common fears associated with the world’s oceans. For example, if you’re scared of sharks, it might be helpful to know that it’s extremely unlikely to be bitten by one. While hundreds of millions of people take a dip in the ocean every single year, only between 70-100 of them worldwide will have a bite taken out of them by a shark. “Sharks’ senses are legendary so this isn’t because sharks don’t know we’re there, it’s because we’re just not on the menu,” says marine biologist David Shiffman. Just so you know, more people are killed by vending machines than sharks.

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This Photo Is Anxiety Inducing For Some Reason

This Photo Is Anxiety Inducing For Some Reason

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#20

Stairs Down To The Flooded Level Deep Inside A Mine

Stairs Down To The Flooded Level Deep Inside A Mine

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Julian Eastman
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had the experience of going into my city's decommissioned power plant before it was scrapped and razed. Looked just like that under the turbines. Creepy as hell. A million nopes.

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Point Nemo, You Are Closer To Astronauts Aboard The ISS Than Humanity

Point Nemo, You Are Closer To Astronauts Aboard The ISS Than Humanity

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Darran
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Given that the ISS orbits roughly 400km above the earth’s surface, it is relatively easy to find places where you are closer to the astronauts than humanity. Almost anywhere in any of the oceans, the Australian outback, the Canadian far north, etc.

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Are stingrays another sea creature that makes you uneasy? Rest assured, their stings are rarely fatal. Shiffman explained to Parade that stingrays are not even capable of stinging us unless we step on them, so if you’re in an area that’s known to house them, try walking using the “stingray shuffle”. Basically, this just means to drag your feet across the sea floor rather than picking up your feet with every step. This way, you’re much more likely to just scare them away than to accidentally end up with a sting.

#22

I Figured You Would Appreciate This

I Figured You Would Appreciate This

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JB
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you can't swim in the rain, you'll get wet

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#23

The Idea Of This Tunnel Caving In While You're 60 Ft Below The Surface Of The Ocean

The Idea Of This Tunnel Caving In While You're 60 Ft Below The Surface Of The Ocean

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#24

Abandoned Silver Mine Shafts. Lake Superior Thunder Bay Ontario

Abandoned Silver Mine Shafts. Lake Superior Thunder Bay Ontario

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Minath
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We've done so much damage to our world in the search for shiny things.

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If fear of drowning is what triggers your thalassophobia the most, understand that it is a reasonable fear to have, but there are also plenty of precautions that can be taken to ensure your safety in water. First, it’s important to have protection. Wear a life jacket, and make sure you have friends or family members nearby in case anything goes wrong. Learn basic swimming skills, and don’t take risks by venturing out into deep or unpredictable water. And always be prepared for an emergency. Learn CPR, and swim somewhere that has a lifeguard on duty. By taking a few extra steps and safety precautions, you can have a great time enjoying the ocean. (And if you’re really too nervous, feel free to stay on the sand building castles and searching for seashells!)

#25

Reminds Me Of Spirited Away And Not In A Good Way

Reminds Me Of Spirited Away And Not In A Good Way

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Mari Hanssen
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We use these to slide boats into the water. If you turned 180 degrees you'd see them going into a boat house :) at least in Norway we do this

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#26

I Used Night Mode On My Phone And…

I Used Night Mode On My Phone And…

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BookDragon
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Am I an idiot? It just looks like a really pretty picture to me, if not a bit chilling.

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I hope this article has not given you a new phobia to discuss with your therapist this week. The ocean is an incredible place, and while we may know little about it, we do know that plenty of people (myself included!) have made countless, wonderful memories by visiting it. It’s good to be cautious, but don’t let fear keep you from enjoying your life. Keep upvoting the photos that you find particularly haunting or captivating, and let us know in the comments whether or not you have thalassophobia. Then, if you’d like to dive even deeper into the world of being frightened by huge bodies of water, you can find our last article on the same topic right here! 

#28

Somehow This Is Also Thalassophobia And Claustrophobia. It's An Illustration

Somehow This Is Also Thalassophobia And Claustrophobia. It's An Illustration

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#29

Dean’s Blue Hole In Long Island, The Bahamas (Via Willtrubridge)

Dean’s Blue Hole In Long Island, The Bahamas (Via Willtrubridge)

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#31

Posted This On R/Submechanophobia But Thought It Would Fit Here Too. And Odd Broken Pier Support That Looks Just Like A Hand

Posted This On R/Submechanophobia But Thought It Would Fit Here Too. And Odd Broken Pier Support That Looks Just Like A Hand

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#32

Would You Spend The Night?

Would You Spend The Night?

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Minath
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After what happened to the aquarium tank in a German hotel last week, there is no way I would spend the night; even though I love watching tropical fish.

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#34

Calm But Eerie

Calm But Eerie

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#35

Imagine Being Stuck There

Imagine Being Stuck There

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#36

Dragon Hole In The South China Sea Is The World's Deepest Blue Hole, Plunging Down 300 M (987 Ft)

Dragon Hole In The South China Sea Is The World's Deepest Blue Hole, Plunging Down 300 M (987 Ft)

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nbfresh
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Deepest, except for the ones which have not been able to be measured, a.k.a. #14 La Fosse Dionne

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#37

Supposed To Be Relaxing But It’s Actually Terrifying

Supposed To Be Relaxing But It’s Actually Terrifying

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ShyWahine
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks, but I'm good - I'll just stay here on this chaise lounge

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#38

Oceans Drop Of For You To Remember How Small You Are

Oceans Drop Of For You To Remember How Small You Are

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Jaaawn
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Makes me wanna watch The Abyss again.

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#39

I Made Some Art To Recreate The Feeling From A Beach Dream I Had Where The Waves Were So Big They Blocked Out The Sun

I Made Some Art To Recreate The Feeling From A Beach Dream I Had Where The Waves Were So Big They Blocked Out The Sun

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#40

Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge In Louisiana

Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge In Louisiana

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JB
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lotta good times (and food, and culture) at the end of this bridge!

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#41

The Wreck Of The Titanic. This Photo Gives Me Anxiety…

The Wreck Of The Titanic. This Photo Gives Me Anxiety…

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Minath
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It won't be there for much longer, soon there will be virtually nothing left to mark it's final resting place.

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#42

The Final Moments Of The SS Andrea Doria (1956)

The Final Moments Of The SS Andrea Doria (1956)

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#43

This Creepy Dock I Was On Tonight

This Creepy Dock I Was On Tonight

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#44

Floating In A Ship

Floating In A Ship

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#45

Exploring The Mysteries Of The Ocean

Exploring The Mysteries Of The Ocean

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#47

This Teaser For The New Netflix Show "1899" Gives Me Chills

This Teaser For The New Netflix Show "1899" Gives Me Chills

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Lu
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

1899 is very good, check it out.

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#48

Ah Yes, Underwater Active Volcanos And Mutant Sharks, That’s What The Ocean Needs, It Wasn’t Scary Enough As Is

Ah Yes, Underwater Active Volcanos And Mutant Sharks, That’s What The Ocean Needs, It Wasn’t Scary Enough As Is

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Minakshi Pharswal
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ocean taking extra measures to keep the humans and its garbage away

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#50

Less Than A Quarter!

Less Than A Quarter!

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Jack Holt
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1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No wonder we haven't found that Malaysia Airlines wreck yet

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