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Thalassophobia (Greek: θάλασσα, thalassa, "sea" and φόβος, phobos, "fear")[1] is an intense and persistent fear of the sea or of sea travel. Thalassophobia can include fear of being in deep bodies of water, fear of the vast emptiness of the sea, of sea waves, sea creatures, and fear of distance from land.[2]

Thalassophobia is different from aquaphobia because while aquaphobia is the fear of water itself and may present with weather events or relatively small amounts of water, thalassophobia is a fear of bodies of water that appear vast, dark, deep, and dangerous.[3]

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  1. ^ "thalass(o)-, comb. form". OED Online. Oxford University Press. June 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2bum018. from Greek θάλασσα sea, and θαλάσσιος marine, formative elements of learned words. ... thalassophobia [is] a morbid dread of the sea. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Snyder, Kari (2003). "Attack of the Water Monster". Boating. New York: Hachette Filipacchi Media. 76 (4): 44. ISSN 0006-5374. Thalassophobia is the fear of the sea and can be associated with the fear of water or waves, fear of the vast emptiness, or fear of distance from land.
  3. ^ GRUNDHAUSER, ERIC (21 July 2016). "The People Who Suffer From Thalassophobia, or Fear of the Sea". Very Well Mind. Retrieved 9 September 2019.