Thalassophobia is the absolutely terrifying phobia you probably already have

Thalassophobia is the absolutely terrifying phobia you probably already have

Everyone has fears lurking beneath the surface. Maybe catching sight of an eight-legged horror running up your bedroom wall gets you in a panic. Perhaps it's the idea of getting up on stage and making a speech to a room full of strangers that makes you sweat beyond belief. Or it could be that you have night terrors about being enclosed in a tight space with no escape...

Sorry to break it to you though, you probably have another irrational fear that you just didn't know the name of before: it's time to meet your worst nightmare: Thalassophobia.

The word 'thalassophobia' is Greek and translates to "fear of the sea"

Located in the beautiful depths of Lady Elliot Island Credit: Getty

People who suffer from it will have an intense and persistent fear of either the sea itself or of sea travel. It can also include a fear of being in a large body of water

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Do you feel uncomfortable looking at pictures like this? You probably have thalassophobia

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You're not the only one though - many people have a fear of the ocean and the everything unknown that comes along with it...

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The deepest part of the ocean extends 11 kilometres down into a watery abyss, so it's no surprise people are scared

Located in the beautiful depths of Lady Elliot Island Credit: Getty

What horrors does that deep darkness hold? We'll never know all of them...

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