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12 Fear Inducing Images Of The Ocean


There are a multitude of phobias out there. If it exits, no matter how seemingly mundane, there is probably a phobia for it. Thalassophobia is a term that isn’t well known, but a lot of people probably have the phobia. Thalassophobia encapsulates:

  • Fear of ocean, especially open water.
  • Fear of what is underneath you in the dark water below.

This is a common fear a lot of people have, even though they may not know what what the phobia is called.

Even if you do not have thalassophobia, these pictures probably freak anyone out. Isn’t a healthy fear of the ocean basically evolutionarily ingrained in us?

Can you imagine going scuba diving, looking up and seeing a school of sharks over you? Would you just let the depths below take you or try swimming through them to the surface?


This is called The Pit, it is located in Tulum, Mexico. It is popular dive site for thrill seekers. No matter how brave you are, to feel so small in such vast space must be unnerving.

2500px / via Tom St. George

This may look like a nightmarish drawing, but it is an actual photo of a diver under the hull of a sunken ship.

3reddit / (deleted user)

The scariest part of the ocean is you never know what is literally just beneath the surface. It can look so peaceful and calm but a look underneath and you see this beast swimming towards you. Even though wild Orca’s aren’t violent towards humans, we would not like to meet them in open water.

4reddit / King_Buliwyf

This photo may look like a diver on some alien planet. It is actually a diver underneath a thick layer of ice. We already feel panicked at just the idea of not being able to surface.

5Solent News / George Karbus

This one also seems like some nightmare inducing drawing. Well, it is nightmare inducing but it is no drawing. It is the first photo ever taken underwater.

6William Thompson 1856

This is a sign in a popular cave that divers frequent. When your hobby produces sign warning you about your hobby, maybe it’s time for a new one.

7reddit / RRopemaker

This is called a ‘Garden of Eels.’ The photo was taken in Dumaguete, Philippines. That is one garden we really do not want to walk through.

8instagram / natgeo

Whales are beautiful, intelligent creatures that deserve our respect. They should also be viewed from boats bigger than them in case of THIS!

9instagram / natgeo

This freaky thing swimming upwards looking ready to swallow you up, is a massive manta ray that has been filmed with a UV light. Yes, get a UV light and make scary things in the ocean scarier what an inspired idea.

10reddit / JDins

Can you imagine swimming through this? It is a satellite photo of a massive manta ray migration. Stay outta their way.

11reddit / croastbeast

This photo may be the scariest. So many things could be below that guy in the dark water. Where is his boat? Where are the other people? WHY? We like the ocean with a coastline.

12reddit / somegetit


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