These photos will help you figure out if you have thalassophobia
Thalassophobia is the extreme fear of deep waters, and it usually happens when you are in front of the sea or in a boat. Like all other anxiety disorders, this particular phobia is very stressful for the people who suffer from it. Thalassophobia is much more than that: the terrible feeling of being far away from the mainland in the middle of the ocean, in the middle of nowhere. Or the thought of drowning in the water without help far and wide. We gathered fifty amazing, breathtaking and interesting photos of the oceans and also a few facts that can help you discover what you feel when you think about the seas. Thalassophobia is the fear of the ocean and the depths. Do you experience it? Take a look at these incredible photos. Thalassophobia is the fear of the ocean and the depths. Do you experience it? Take a look at these incredible photos.
There's a lot of members in the Stingray family. Some of them can't harm you, but the rest have a very poisonous sting. They are cousins of the sharks so, beware!
The secret for algae to survive is their flexibility. They can swing with the waves and remain intact in case of storms and other phenomenons. They are also very creepy when you see them in the waves.
Only a few centimeters of ice separates you from the freezing water. If you fall, you will get shocked by the cold water within the first minute. In less than ten you will be incapable of doing anything.
What you see in the picture a guy diving with a Whale Shark, the largest known fish. They can be up to twelve meters long. Let me tell you that these kind of sharks are not dangerous at all, they are actually very playful with human.
What is hiding under this dark waters? Would you swim on them? Would you let your child float on them? Imagine what kind of thing can be waiting in the depths.
IN THE DEEP SEA
There are more than 450 species of sharks known, and they've been living in the oceans for more than ten million years. Most of them have a very sharp smell sense that can detect blood in the water even miles away.
This is the jaw of a sperm whale coming out of the water. It is the largest predator known and the male can reach a length of 20 meters. Its brain is the largest brain in the world and they make the loudest sound ever made by an animal.
Can you imagine standing on a thin layer of ice that covers an abyss of more than 300 meters deep? Although it seems incredible, a seasoned photographer and adventurer decided to portray his reckless maneuver.
This diver had the amazing idea of swimming underneath the ice during the incredible northern lights, in Norway. He is wearing a simple diving suit. He did a small hole in the ice and he got into the freezing waters.
HIDE AND SEEK
Can you see them? There are two electric eels hiding underneath the soil. There are only a few cases of people that died because of eel attack, because the power they can generate is the same as a battery. But several attacks can hurt you and eventually kill you.
Imagine that you finally decide to let go all your fears and dive. And you are diving in the dark and suddenly… A chair. It's only a chair, but it's one of the creepiest thing I've seen.
What freaks me out the most about the ocean and water in general is not knowing what's underneath. And now that I see that there's probably a huge whale that can eat me in a bite I'm even more afraid.
Humpback whales are the size of a school bus. There's a funny thing about their name and it's that they don't normally have a hump in their backs, they are called like this because of the arch they make with their bodies when they make a deep dive.
The shape of the head of this sharks are a natural engineering wonder. They use it to improve their swimming, but also to handle their preys and having a binocular view.
Dean's hole is the second deepest blue hole in the world. It is 200 meters deep and there is a person who went a hundred meters into it without breathing devices.
A giant manta, called Devil ray. Their only weapon is speed. They are so fast they often come out of the water like dolphins. They don't have a poisonous tail like their siblings.
Can you imagine if something emerges or touches your feet? I would jump so high and shout so loud that everyone around me would hear it. There is no way for me to do this.
Do you like museums? There's one in Mexico that is full of gorgeous statues. If you want to visit it, there's a little trick: All the statues are lying in the bottom of the sea.
In the olympics of 1904 there was a strange competition: People had to dive into the depths and then remain motionless. The winner was the one that sunk the most without moving.
TRANSPARENT SEA CUCUMBER
This incredible thing is an actual living animal. It was found at 2,750 meters deep. It moves at a speed of two centimeters per minute and it is so transparent you can see its digestive tract inside.
They say that diving into a cave in the ocean does not feel like swimming, it is more like flying. Caves are full of mysteries and secret passages, Do you wanna go in?
There is thousands of shipwrecks in the ocean. From small boats to huge cruises, lots of ships rest forgotten in the depths for the eternity, along with their stories and their past.
If you suffer from thalassophobia and also aviophobia (fear of planes) then this photo may not be your favorite. There's not only boats sank in the ocean, there are also a few planes.
This strange thing is an octopus called Blue Coconut. It has some weird abilities like "walking" in two "feet" and using coconut shells to build their refuges. They also pretend they are actual coconuts.
At nearly seven miles below the water's surface, the Mariana Trench is the deepest spot in Earth's oceans. James Cameron (who directed Titanic and Avatar) went all the way to the bottom of it.
Polar Bears are the largest carnivore mammal in the world. These magnificent animals have an incredible sense of smell which they use to track their food. In fact, They can sniff out prey from up to 16 km away.
A group of Jellyfish is called bloom, swarm or smack and if one of them gets divided for some reason, it can regenerate into two different jellyfish. That means it can clone itself. Sounds like a nightmare.
Below 1000 mt deep there is no natural light. This zone is called The Aphotic Zone, and it's full of mysteries. There's only a few creatures identified that live in that zone. Others remain unknown.
The Gulf Stream off the Atlantic seaboard of the United States flows at a rate nearly 300 times faster than the typical flow of the Amazon river, the world's largest river
If you ever drank sea water by accident you may know that it has a terrible taste. But also, one swallow of seawater may contain millions of bacterial cells, hundreds of thousands of phytoplankton and tens of thousands of zooplankton.
THE GREAT BARRIER
The Great Barrier Reef, measuring 1,243 miles, is the largest living structure on Earth. It can be seen from the Moon. It is the house of more than 1800 species of fishes, 125 species of sharks and 5000 species of mollusks.
The High Seas are areas of the ocean beyond national jurisdiction. They cover almost 50% of the Earth's surface and they are the least protected part of the world. Scary.
90% of all volcanic activity on Earth occurs in the ocean. The largest known concentration of active volcanoes (approximately 1,133) on the seafloor is located in the South Pacific
The Arctic produces 10,000 to 50,000 icebergs annually. Icebergs normally "live" for four years. You probably know that they say that an iceberg has only ten percent of his body in the surface.
In Phillipines there's an illegal activity and it's gold mining in the depths. Miners go down blind with no equipment and it's very dangerous. If all the gold suspended in the world's seawater were mined, each person on Earth could have about 9 pounds of gold.
Waves can be incredible and scary. The tallest wave was 524 meters and was measured at Alaska. The tallest wave recorded in the open ocean was 29 meters during a storm in Scotland.
This is disgusting, don't you think? It looks like intestines spilled all over the floor. It is actually an invertebrate animal called Nemertea. It can be as much as 54 meters long.
Giant Squids are really big. They can measure up to 13 meters (they say they have seen bigger but it was never proved). It has seven rows of huge teeth.
Harrison Okene is a sailor who survived a shipwreck and stayed 60 hours buried in the depths of the ocean. He found an air pocket and he was found by chance. Imagine how many people did the same with worst results.
Yes, this is a train. Actually, a locomotive. A 19th century locomotive. There's two of them there. And no one has a clue how they got to the bottom of the sea.
This can be any spot of the ocean. But it is a very famous one: This photo was taken in the Bermuda Triangle. Several incidents, such as mysterious shipwrecks and planes disappearing, give this place a huge fame.
THE BLACK SEA
The name Black Sea sounds a little spooky. There are many theories about the origin of the name. Some are cultural and some are scientific, but none of them is as scary as what we may think.
Well, this is an actual Red Sea. But again, it is not as scary as you might think. The color is given by the microorganisms and algae found in the water and it has nothing to do with blood. I wouldn't get into that water either.
On one side, the Baltic side. On the other, the North Sea. The massive difference in salinity causes the water of the two seas to be unable to merge and consequently, a border emerges with water of two different colors on either side.
RIVER UNDER THE SEA
This is inside a cave in Mexico. The cave is completely full of water but inside you can see a flowing river. It is actually a stream of hydrogen sulfide.
THE DEAD SEA
The Dead Sea, located between Israel, Palestine and Jordan, is not only the lowest point on earth, it is also so salty that you can float like if you are, in fact, above the water.
The Yonaguni Structures in Japan still remain a mystery. It was discovered by chance a few years ago, and the scientists still doesn't know if it was made by men or by nature.
It is a luminous phenomenon produced in the ocean where large bodies of water emit a mysterious blue light due to the proliferation of a bacterium called Vibrio harveyi, associated with plankton microalgae.
Mauritius Islands have a 4000 meter deep fall. But this fall is entirely underwater. In fact, we must say that is not an actual waterfall, is more like a sandfall.
Meet Alvin. This little submarine has participated in more than 4000 expeditions to observe the life forms that are living in the depths. It also has explored the remains of the Titanic.