142 Terrifying Pics To Show Why The Fear Of Deep Water Is Real, As Shared On This Online Group

Thalassophobia is a persistent and intense fear of deep bodies of water such as the ocean or sea. What makes this phobia different than aquaphobia — the fear of water in general — is the fact that it centers on vastness, darkness, and depth. People who have this condition are not terrified of getting wet, but rather the might and mystique behind the waves.

While thalassophobia is not recognized as a distinct disorder by the DSM-5, the diagnostic manual of mental disorders used by psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, it’s still relatively common. And the subreddit of the same name is a vivid example of that. Created in June 2013, it unites 969,000 thalassophobes, sharing triggers and discussing symptoms.

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So, in an attempt to shed some light on this community, we at Bored Panda decided to put together a list of their most popular posts.

#1 Is To Me Or Are Black Tiled Pools Terrifying

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#2 Words Fail Me

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Online groups that get this big often suffer from huge streams of content that flood them with questionable pictures and videos, diminishing the overall experience of browsing them, but this subreddit manages to stay clean.

Part of it can be attributed to the clear rules that promote being nice and courteous, and allow no jokes, memes, or cartoons, no reposts, and no gore.

Of course, having an active moderator team that make sure members adhere to these rules helps tremendously as well.

#3 This Seaweed Through Clear Water

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#4 Grand Turks 700 Ft Drop

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#5 An Entire Street Submerged In The Deep

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Specific phobias tend to fall into these five categories:

  • Animal type;
  • Blood-injection type;
  • Natural-environment type;
  • Situational type;
  • Other.

Thalassophobia is usually considered to belong to the natural-environment type. These fears are experienced more frequently, with some studies also suggesting that water-related phobias are more common among women.

#6 The Image That Started It All

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#7 Kayaking With The Giants!

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#8 Because All My Friends Say This Photo Of Me Freediving Gives Them The Willies

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#9 British Underwater Photographer Of The Year Winner 2022

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Thalassophobia shares symptoms with other specific phobias, such as claustrophobia, and includes:

  • Sudden onset of anxiety or fear;
  • Shaking and trembling;
  • Sweating;
  • Dry mouth;
  • Increased heart rate or heart palpitations;
  • Difficulty breathing, including hyperventilating;
  • Chest pain;
  • Fear of losing control.

#10 When You Fear Of Flying And Your Fear Of Water Meet Each Other

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#11 Underwater Waterfall

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#12 Beach Weather Is Upon Us!

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#13 The Deadliest Stream In The World – It Looks Normal, But Underneath It Is Full Of Caves Of Powerful Fast Moving Water That Will Drag You Down. 100% Fatality Rate

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The causes of specific phobias, including thalassophobia, are not entirely understood, and often differ from case to case. But according to a common explanation, it’s usually a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Research shows that certain genes are associated with certain specific phobias, but as of yet no studies have looked at the genetics behind thalassophobia in particular. However, following the Darwinian theory of evolution, there should still be at least some.

#14 Swimming Next To A Ship In The Open Ocean, Miles From Land

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#15 “The Big One”

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#16 A Diver Riding A Giant Underwater Worm (Pyrosoma Atlanticum)

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#17 A Howling Abyss

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Think of it like this: our ancestors also came across deep bodies of water, and those who were cautious of the dangers they possessed may have avoided them, living longer to pass down their genes. This theory is supported by research that indicates that specific phobias are moderately heritable.

Although the exact percentage can vary, it has been found, for example, that for animal phobias, heritability is around 45%.

#18 Depth: Infinite Ft

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#19 “Uhhhh, There’s More Than Just Kelp And Angelfish Down Here, Over”

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#20 Guadalupe Island, The Most Terrifying Place On This Planet

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#21 Storm Coming Soon

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Thalassophobia could also be caused by traumatic events, such as a childhood near-drowning experience, witnessing a shark attack, never learning to swim, or even being told scary stories of the ocean.

By associating a specific situation, such as being in deep water, with a panic response, over time a phobia of that situation can develop.

#22 There’s Something Particularly Terrifying About The Idea Of Water You Can’t Even Float In

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#23 It’s A Nice Peaceful Day Until You Get A Glimpse Of What Lies Beneath

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#24 Deep Water Swell

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#25 The Eye Of S(E)auron.

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Phobias are chronic conditions that can worsen over the course of life and limit one’s relationships and activities. The good thing is that they are also highly treatable, although the process isn’t always pleasant.

But only about 10-25% of people with a specific phobia ultimately seek help. This is likely due to avoidance behaviors, since treating a specific phobia does often involve confronting the feared stimuli.

#26 Walked About 30 Minutes Out During Low Tide To Read This!

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#27 Orcas In The Waves

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#28 Jacob’s Well In Texas

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#29 Taken Off The Coast Of Southern California 2 Weeks Ago

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Exposure therapy is a popular and effective choice for treating specific phobias, including fear of the sea. During it, a person faces their feared stimuli in increasing levels of intensity.

For someone with thalassophobia, this might start with looking at photos of the sea on this subreddit, escalate to watching videos of the ocean or deep water, then visiting a big pool and taking a trip to the ocean. Through controlled exposure, the person learns that the feared stimulus itself is not dangerous, and they can begin to associate it with more positive outcomes.

#30 Taken From A Fishing Boat In Antartica

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#31 Flip (Floating Instrument Platform), A Ship Flipping Vertically To Study The Behavior Of Sound Waves Underwater

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#32 This Is An Under-Ice Observation Tube In Mcmurdo Station, Antarctica

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#33 An Abandoned, Flooded Mineshaft

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#34 Row Row Row Your Boat

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#35 Apparently This Is The Sunken Goddess Sculpture- That’s All I Know But Look At How Big It Is!

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#36 This Grounded Ship Looking Like A Giant Meg

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#37 Anybody Who Wants To Take A Dip?

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#38 Going Through Old Pics, Thought I Would Drop This Here

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#39 Found This Gem On Tumblr

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#40 Holy Sh I Didn’t Know That’d Trigger Me

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#41 Could That Be The Megalodon’s Den?

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#42 That Last Point Made Me Double Take

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#43 Fresh Water Always Creeped Me Out More Than The Ocean. The General Low Visibility And Feeling “Enclosed” With Whatever Was In The Water Was Always Gnawing At The Back Of My Mind.

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#44 Black Lined Pools Are A Thing… And They’re Terrifying

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#45 Would You Retrieve The Broom?

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#46 Who Knows What’s Down There…

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#47 This Would Scare Me Tf Out

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#48 The Pacific Ocean

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#49 Within The Waves

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#50 Whirlpools Are Actually Terrifying, You Guys

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#51 A Warning Sign For Scuba Divers Deep Underwater

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#52 That Is A Boat

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#53 Suddenly, Out Of The Shadows

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#54 The Bottom Of An Iceberg

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#55 That’s Creepy

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#56 Brine Pools Are Just The Scariest Shit

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#57 You’re Off The Edge Of The Map Mate… Here There Be Monsters

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#58 The Depths Of A Yellowstone Hot Spring

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#59 When You Can’t Find It But It’s Right Under The Boat

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#60 Thought You Guys Might Like/Hate This Picture I Captured On My Drone

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#61 Two Tiny Boats Floating Over An Underwater Cliff

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#62 Who Knows Why People Do These Things

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#63 This Window In A Local Library That Goes Into A Creek

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#64 Literally A River, Under The Sea. Feeling Like Doubling Down On Your Thalassophobia?

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#65 Naval Mine Found In Diving Trip

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#66 Digital Painting By My Son Illustrating Thalassophobia

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#67 Not Sure How Deep This Goes, But This Is Terrifying

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#68 This 200ft Deep Cenote I Swam In In Mexico

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#69 Nice And Calm Until You See The Murky Depths

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#70 Could You Live Like This?

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#71 A Quick Guide On What Thalassophobia Actually Is, By Me

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#72 Asked An A. I. To Interpret Thalassophobia

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#73 Well From 7000 Bc Preserved By Rising Sea Levels, At Atlit-Yam, Cyprus

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#74 Seeing The Glacier Underwater Scares The S**t Out Of Me

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#75 Beneath The Lily Pads

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#76 Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse, Falmouth, Massachusetts

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#77 I Don’t Want To Know Where Those Holes Lead To

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#78 I Don’t Know If Ocean Whirlpools Are Fictional, But Damn

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#79 Gliese 1214 B Is A Planet Located 48 Light Years Away From The Sun. It Is Believed To Be 100% Ocean, Giving It The Nickname “The Waterworld”

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#80 Here’s A Picture Of Me Sitting On A Tree Branch 120ft Deep In A Sinkhole

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#81 I Can’t Stop Thinking About Whether It’s Deeper Than The Height Of The Cave Walls

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#82 Thalassophobia Can Be Lifesaving!

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#83 What Do You Think About Eating At This Restaurant In Norway?

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#84 Lighthouse In Portugal. This Is The Time Of The Year That The Waves Are Massive. Not On My Bucket List!!!

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#85 Imagine You’re All Alone In The Fog, Get Stuck Fast And Hear The Siren

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#86 This Picture I Took From Below The Diving Pier In A Lake Looks Very Eerie

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#87 Underwater Path. Magical Zakynthos Caves, Greece

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#88 Where I Live There Is A Lake Created By A Meteor Which Is 115 Meters Deep. This Is A Photo Our Free Press Released Of It. Not A Fan

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#89 My Brother Sent Me This Picture Of Him At Work

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#90 Figurehead Of 500-Year-Old Wreck Is A Sea Monster Swallowing A Screaming Man

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#91 I’m Surprised This Wasn’t Posted Here Yet, Have Fun S**tting Yourself

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#92 Hit An Eerie Patch Of Calm About 20 Miles From The Mainland. Just Flat And Deep In All Directions

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#93 It’s So Weird Knowing The Hoover Dam Is This Deep. The White Line Is Where The Water Usually Is

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#94 Buoy Blues, By Me

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#95 A Photo Of A Diver Exploring The Underside Of An Iceberg In Antarctica By Jill Heinerth. Apparently, They Went Inside A Cave In This Giant Iceberg. I Couldn’t Imagine “Cave” Diving Inside An Iceberg That Floats In Nearly Black Water

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#96 Surfing In Thick Fog

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#97 An Average 1,700 Containers Are Lost Overboard Every Year. Most Of Them Don’t Sink, But Instead Hide Just Below The Surface, Held Up By Trapped Pockets Of Air. Without Radar, There’s Nothing You Can Do If You’re Going To Hit One At Night Except Pray It Doesn’t Sink You.

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#98 Just Trying To Trigger Myself In Photoshop

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#99 In The Dark Of The Ocean

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#100 This Photo From Time’s Top 100 Photos Of 2021

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#101 Ladder To Lower Cave System, Cascade Caverns

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#102 I Still Don’t Understand Why I Find This Image Terrifying

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#103 This Photo I Took After The Recent Floods In Australia

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#104 This Is Me In Gavdos, Greece On The Southernmost Point Of Europe. Across The See Is Libya And Nothing Else Between

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#105 My Wife Easing My Mil Closer To The Water After She Saw The Ocean For The First Time In 10 Years And It Made Her Feel “Dizzy”

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#106 Cave Divers In An Underwater Cave Near The Yucatan Peninsula By Daniel Riordan-Araujo

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#107 “That Is Not Dead Which Can Eternal Lie” – Ussr, Circa 1970s. A Large Monument Of Lenin, Sunk In The Black Sea After The Dissolution Of The Soviet Union

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#108 I Took A Photo Of The Caribbean Sea

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#109 A Popular Tourist Destination: Long Island, Bahamas Sinkhole.

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#110 Have A Seat, Stay Awhile

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#111 Hey Frank..did You Hear A Cracking Sound?

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#112 An A. I. Generated Image Using The Keyword Thalassophobia

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#113 An Abandoned Observation Tower At Coral Island, Nassau, Bahamas

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#114 I Was Having So Much Fun I Forgot How Far From Our Airbnb Island I Wandered

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#115 Serbian Combat Diver

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#116 Into The Mist

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#117 I Finally Found This Particular Image. Something About Pools Gets Me Too

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#118 These Steps From A Boardwalk Into The Atlantic Ocean

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#119 A Scuba Diver Proceeding Into An Underwater Cave

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#120 The Stairs To My Nightmares

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#121 Who Wants To Drive It Like This

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#122 I Absolutely Hate This

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#123 Automatically Made Me Think Of The Ningen

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#124 Bahahha *loses Consciousness*

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#125 Waves Of Nazare, Portugal

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#126 “Oil Rocks” (“The Soviet Atlantis”) Is An Industrial Settlement Consisting Of Platforms Built On The Caspian Sea, 40 Km From The Nearest Coast Of Azerbaijan. The City Is Home To 2000 People Today

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#127 That Drop Off Though

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#128 Uss Olympia… This Photo Makes Me Really Uncomfortable

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#129 Last Freedive Trip – Does This Give Anyone The Chills?

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#130 This Buoy Bobs On 20 Feet/6m Swells In The Bering Sea Waters Of Alaska – Photo By Corey Arnold

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#131 This Would Be Seen From The Diver’s Pov

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#132 Cruise Ship Mts Oceanos Sinks Off The Coast Of South Africa, 4 August 1991

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#133 Creaks Are The Cries Of A Vessel Claimed By The Sea

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#134 This Image Posted By Reef On Instagram

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#135 The Arch Of The Blue Hole In Egypt Which Has Claimed The Lives Of An Estimated 130 People From 1997-2012

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#136 Dean’s Blue Hole

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#137 80.5000 S, 94.0000 W By Alex Konstad

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#138 This Massive Capsizing Ship (Mv Princess) Is Easily Obscured Under What Is Barely The Very Surface Of The Ocean Depths

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#139 Cool Image Of Just How Big Boats Are!

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#140 Me Drifting In The Sea While A Storm Is Approaching Quickly

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#141 Lights ‘Cross Open Sea

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#142 Taiwanese Athletes In Aida Diving Competition

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