Less than 10% of the ocean has been explored.
Pictures and videos, fiction or real, related to the deep dark water that make us really uncomfortable.
thalassophobia - fear of being in large bodies of water, fear of the vast emptiness of the sea, of sea waves, and fear of distance from land
megalohydrothalassophobia - fear of large things in the water
We have both!
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1. Only thalassophobia related posts and titles
If you’re posting something, ask yourself: Is it triggering my thalassophobia (fear of vast and/or deep bodies of water) or is it triggering a different sort of fear? Make sure your title highlights thalassophobia - see rule 3.
2. Restrictions on sea life
Sea life is permissible as long as it isn't the main focus of the content. Generally speaking, you should not post pictures with sea life as the main focus. A shark swimming calmly next to a diver is not a suitable post for this sub, neither is a shark having a seal for lunch. If it is the main focus, it also has to emerge unexpectedly from nothing. Absolutely NO dubbed in noises (this usually applies to whales).
Posting sea life is also okay under megalohydrothalassophobia (fear of large water creatures) criteria:
3. Use proper titles
Any posts with just “Nope” as a title will be automatically removed. Don’t do that. Just don’t. Same with “That’s a nope from me”. Just avoid the word “nope”. Furthermore, titles in the spirit of “OMG SO CREEPY” or emojis will also be removed.
Your title should highlight the thalassophobic nature of the post rather than any sea creature in the post. For example, if you're posting a video of a shark, we're not interested in the shark itself, we're interested in the massive blue void of nothingness behind him. Titles focusing on sea creatures will be removed.
4. No jokes, memes, or cartoons
While we all love a good laugh, it isn’t specifically what we’re looking for in this sub. Thalassophobia-related artwork is okay as long as it adheres to all the other rules.
5. Be nice and courteous
Seriously, there’s seldom a need to be nasty. There’s absolutely no need to be nasty on this sub. So don’t be.
6. No reposts
Reposts will be monitored within a 90 day window. We will also be maintaining a list of retired submissions that have been posted so much that they have been retired to the "Thalassophobia Hall of Fame" to never be posted again...
7. No gore
Absolutely no gore is allowed on this subreddit, not animals, not people, nothing.
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The one where the divers/snorkelers are left behind? I kind of want to see it, but I also want to sleep again. Is it good or will I be terrified forevermore...
This took me some time as an adult to realize this really freaked me out and it happened over 10 years ago. I was staying at this hotel and the pool had this orca/killer whale painted on the pool (see photos). Something about the black image coupled with the water rippling really got to me. I remember swimming at night when it was dark outside and the lights were slightly dimmed and being completely freaked out. I guess I was splashing around with friends one minute and the next having a full on panic attack because I got close enough and with the waves of the water, my brain thought the dam thing was alive! I know, it probably sounds silly or crazy, I mean after all its an image of an animal, its not real... right? Tell me your thoughts or if you have any similar stories.
I’ve always loved open water swimming and as a kid I started swimming in a lake located in Coniston, Lake District UK.
This was my first experience in open water swimming. I would swim as far out into the lake as I could without my mum yelling at me with no second thoughts or worries. One day I decided to walk out with my dingy attached to me to catch a fish (I always tied a dingy to me so my mum could see me while swimming) I had my snorkel on and I was focused on catching a small perch I had saw. Because I was so focused on my fish I was walking without looking and that’s when I felt my foot disappear and looked down to a sudden drop too deep to see the bottom of. As a kid I panicked after staring down for a bit and scrambled back onto the ledge, making my way back to the shore.
Only later at a museum I found out with my mum that the lake had a 184ft sudden drop not too far from the shore that I had never noticed. On top of this I was then told at the bottom of this lake there was a graveyard of bodies, one being an extremely famous incident of a man who crashed a hydroplane trying to break a record on the lake. I believe now his body has been recovered but I’m not certain when or if it was recovered.
This hasn’t stopped me from swimming in open waters but it has encouraged me. Another terrifying body of water I have swam in is known as the Menai straight in Anglesey, Wales.
This body of water has rapid and dangerous tides that can easily drag you out to sea of your not careful or aware of the times the tides change, aswel as the waters being lively with jellyfish and a base of quick sand that is left when the tide goes out.
i found out while i was at the beach just yesterday that my thalassophobia doesnt kick in untill i couldnt feel the ground under me anymore. i was fine as long as i could touch the bottom, much further out than that and it was a big nope.
(also seaweed on the bottom looking like shadows was terrifying and also looking at the sand moving around from the water)
edit: if i can see the ground but cant touch it, its not as scary as if i couldnt see it but still kinda uncomfortable