Definition of thalassophobia
Thalassophobia is a particular fear of water. It is not just a question of being afraid of water, but of the ocean and especially of the marine depths. Indeed, our planet is covered at 70.8% by the sea, and these waters still remain very unknown to man. It is therefore not surprising that some people have developed this irrational fear of the sea bed. After all, we don't fully know what may be lurking in the depths of the oceans 😱.
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People who suffer from thalassophobia are afraid of large water spaces like seas, oceans, but also lakes. Generally, it is possible to realize that one suffers from thalassophobia by being uncomfortable when approaching the edges of a lake or a cliff facing the ocean, etc.
Others become aware of this phobia by looking at photographs of the sea bed, the species living in the ocean, or even photographs of submarines and ships. Extreme discomfort characterized by dizziness and heart acceleration is experienced when viewing images of the ocean depths. Other reactions may be felt such as excessive sweating, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, shivering, etc.
🌊 French diver, Guillaume Néry, is a specialist in deep-sea diving and dived 200 m without oxygen. If watching this video gives you anxiety, then you may be suffering from thalassophobia: