The fear of the unknown is said to be one of the most debilitating fears. It is the curiosity of what’s found in the depths of the ocean that makes one’s hair stand on end, and it’s the fear of what lurks in the shadows that send children running to their parent’s room at night.
The ocean stretches deeper than we can imagine, and it is home to a plethora of rare and terrifying animals, such as this manta ray. The size of this manta ray, though calm and zen, is terrifying. And not to forget the potential aggression if they get disturbed.
What could be more relaxing than a morning spent on the back of a kayak in the tropical sun? Many people enjoy cruising through crystal clear water and watching the small fish swim underneath them. The transparent turquoise water can also disclose some of our darkest fears, such as a giant fin trailing you.
This picture of a dark shadow is an oblivious shark trailing behind the Kayak. This pleasant morning out in the middle of the ocean quickly took a U-turn for something terrifying.
Although we all know the ocean is deep, the ordinary person has no idea how much deeper it extends. This lady seems to be determined to figure it out with a casual dive. The dark cave seems ominous, and her tiny bikini hardly makes her look prepared.
The fact that this woman is ill-equipped to fall to the cave’s depths is perhaps the most frightening aspect of this shot. And on the plus side, without enough oxygen, she will not make it too far down there.
Snorkeling is an everyday recreational activity that is both calming and refreshing. A pair of goggles and a snorkel will take you on an underwater safari, introducing you to some of the brightest and most fascinating fish. As well as the most terrifying.
Unexpectedly, a whale shark surfaced and was captured on camera by an unwitting snorkeler. Although this is just a little glimpse of the beast, an adult male can grow 32 feet long and nearly 5 feet wide. They have 350 razor-sharp teeth in their mouth. This is a fish you don’t want to come across on your next adventure or at all.
Snakes are one of the most dangerous creatures on the land. It’s both disturbing and terrifying to watch them slither, slide, and slither around. An eel is the aquatic equivalent of a snake in the sea, and it moves in somewhat similar ways.
This image of a group of eels emerging as seagrass on the ocean floor can send shivers down your spine. If it doesn’t, perhaps understanding that an adult eel can weigh up to 55 pounds and grow to be seven feet long can help put things into perspective.
There’s a certain kind of person who enjoys pushing the limits. If you tell this person not to do anything, they will almost certainly do it anyway to prove their point. What happens when a warning alerts you of imminent doom?
Under the sea, this symbol of a Grim Reaper with a scythe and bone-chilling warning words is a sign of trouble. Passing the sign would result in death, and this is a message that should be respected and listened to.
Travelers enjoy shark cage diving experiences worldwide, even though it is controversial in terms of ethics and values. Thrill-seekers love being able to get up close and personal with these beasts while remaining safe in a cage. Nature, on the other hand, has a habit of biting back.
That’s precisely what happened when this picture was taken. This photograph, taken in Mexico, demonstrates how dangerous a great white shark can be when it’s on the opposite side of the fence (the inside). Perhaps more people would be hesitant to dive too far into the cage.
The humpback whale is one of the world’s largest mammals, hitting 50 feet in length and weighing up to 40 tons. It’s a death wish to come face to face with a creature of this size in its territory.
This picture depicts one such near-death experience. The humpback whale’s tail is powerful enough to kill a person, and this photo shows a diver bravely entering the water to stand alongside the animal on the ocean floor. Can you visualize being in a more awe-inspiring situation?
Have you ever landed or felt something in the water and panicked, not knowing what it was? The terrifying aspect of the ocean is not understanding what you’ve just come into contact with.
Surfers worldwide risk seeing sharks, eels, and jellyfish every day in the hopes of getting a barrel. This danger makes them more aware of their surroundings and the marine life they share with the ocean. Although these plants would not be harmful, the algae-covered seaweed is inarguably creepy.
The beauty of certain deepwater places is inspiring and fascinating, such as Jacob’s Well in Texas. It is because of this beauty that the place can be misrepresented as harmless. Every year, thousands of people visit this abyss, including adventurous divers who risk their lives discovering what lies underneath the water.
Despite the shallowness of the surrounding water, the cave extends down 4,500 feet below the surface. Unfortunately, the cave has caused the lives of eight people who died while diving there.
If you’ve ever gone fishing, you’ll understand the thrill of catching a big fish after hours on the water – or the disappointment of coming home empty-handed. Although prize catches include the likes of tuna and bass, no one expects to pull a frightening giant centipede from the seas!
Although the guy in the picture may have a half-amused grin on his face, it’s unlikely that he’ll be bringing his creepy catch home to cook for dinner—just another example of the hidden beauty that exists under the surface.
A bird’s eye view can completely change someone’s perspective of a situation by providing a comprehensive and wholesome overview. However, what you see from above can not always be what you picture in your mind.
Although we know that most city rivers contain a lot of pollution, lurking aquatic life, and probably dead bodies, this picture of a giant tentacle expands the realm of possibilities of the unknown. Perhaps on your next trip to the river, you will be slightly skeptical over the bridge.
Anyone who has ever stood up on a surfboard knows the rush and excitement of speeding down the line (or even being pushed along by the foam). This same rush causes us to lose sight of potential dangers lurking below the water’s edge, such as sharks.
A sight of a shadow in the sea, riding the same wave as you, is all it takes to bring surfers back to life. This surfer was given the shock of his life when he saw a shark lurking in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Nigeria.
One reason we enjoy watching movies like Twilight is that we can separate the plot from reality. Since there are no vampires, there is nothing to be scared of. The vampire squid, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. A true story!
The vampire squid lives in incredibly deep seawater, and its dark skin allows it to blend in with the darkness around it. You’re unlikely to come across one of these animals while swimming in the sea, but if you do, you can rest easy knowing that they’re not particularly dangerous, despite their look.
Many people react to images like this by raising their hands and claiming that the picture has been manipulated or photoshopped. It doesn’t matter if the sight is unbelievable or if people are trying to defend themselves from their fears; this photograph is so genuine. It was also featured in a National Geographic magazine!
It seems like the guy in the kayak made it back to shore uninjured. However, if he had spotted the shark while on the water, he was more likely to have a heart attack!
Nature will still be more dominant than humans, despite technological advancements and infrastructure construction. Natural disasters are also among the most feared threats. This tsunami will leave death and devastation in its wake, and humans will be unable to stop it.
Can you believe that the shifting of two tectonic plates on the ocean floor is responsible for such a terrifying image? The movement causes thousands of pounds of pressure to build up before exploding in a massive wave. This is a potent reminder of nature’s influence.
Even celebrities are vulnerable to the dangers of the ocean. Mick Fanning, a former Australian World Champion surfer, can attest to this fun reality, as evidenced by this picture of him and a shark.
The photo was taken in 2015 during the J-Bay Open in South Africa. During his heat, Mick Fanning was paddling out when a shark continued to follow him. Fortunately, the pro surfer was able to escape before something serious took place. It wouldn’t have been the first time a shark had attacked him after surviving a similar incident two years prior with only minor injuries.
Sharks crashing a surfer’s fun seems to be a pretty standard event in the ocean. Any time surfers paddle out into the break. They run the risk of seeing a shark. But what causes shark attacks to be so common?
For instance, a surfer in a wetsuit looks like a seal, one of the shark’s favorite prey. As viewed from below, the shape of the surfboard does not exactly help the situation. When they’ve got a rumble in their stomach, even tiny sharks may be bold enough to saunter up to a human-sized “seal,” as this photo shows.
Standing on the beach’s shore, particularly at sunset, provides a stunning view. However, due to your elevation, you will be unable to see this beautiful sight. When you have an aerial view of the same place, it becomes even more enthralling – before you see something like this. And it turns into a terrifying experience.
The sand of this island appears to have a steep drop into a mysterious underwater universe. Theories of the Bermuda Triangle and the likelihood of a flat planet have suddenly creeped to the forefront of our minds, haven’t it?
We all wish we could improve parts of our bodies for the better. Some people wish their hair was curlier, their skin was clearer, or their stomachs were a bit flatter. Humans aren’t satisfied with their appearances and wish for changes. However, one look at this blobfish will make you happy for all of your shortcomings.
This blobfish spends his days and nights at the ocean’s deepest depths. As a casual swimmer, the chances of encountering a droopy, slimy face are slim to none.
When the sky is clear, the sea is clear, and the waves are quiet, there is no better day to be out on a boat. You can only imagine how enthralling it must be to gaze down into the waters and explore what lies underneath when the conditions are this fine.
Just imagine on this fine day, seeing a great white shark’s razor-sharp teeth looking back at you to bring you back to earth. This picture of a great white shark approaching the water’s surface is terrifying for sure!
None of the powers are as powerful as Nature’s. There are various powers in nature, and when they combine, they can be very devastating. In 2004, a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 9.1 shook the Indian Ocean’s seafloor and triggered a tsunami.
This image depicts only a small portion of the devastation caused by the deadly waves that swept through Asia and Somalia. This photograph was taken in Thailand, where the earthquake claimed to take the homes of over 170,000 people away in this village.
This image exemplifies how nature continues to show the world who is in charge. In 2018, the photo was taken in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, just moments before a tidal wave struck the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetry.
Before crashing down on the cemetery, the waves reached a height of 30 feet. As a result of the natural disaster, there was a significant amount of destruction and instability. Sadly, those laid in the ground to “rest in peace” had their “peace” poorly disturbed.
We’ve all seen photos of the devastation that an earthquake and tsunami can bring, and this picture highlights how destructive hurricanes can be. High winds can tear through a city, a village, and even the ocean, as you can see.
This hurricane produced 40-foot waves, and a photo was taken off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The scene is so terrifying that it almost looks like a photograph – or at least that’s what you’re hoping it to be!
Have you ever gone for a stroll along the beach and come across jellyfish blubber washed up on the shore? Perhaps your jellyfish encounter was different, and you were stung on the arm (and having to ask someone to pee on it).
This diver had a unique jellyfish experience, one that would be the worst nightmare of most people. Coming across a giant jellyfish of this size is not something you want to happen even to your worst enemy.
In the ocean, there are many dangerous creatures as well as breathtakingly beautiful marine life. So many people put on an oxygen tank and dive deep into the depths on a journey of discovery because they want to see this wonderful underwater life.
Many people, however, are unaware of how dangerous diving into the unknown can be. This picture of the vast expanse of water – and the mystery of what lies underneath it – bring the threatening, awe-inspiring situation into context.
Did you know that water comprises about 71 percent of the earth’s surface? That’s a lot of space to get lost in – and a lot of depth to explore. This scuba diver was exploring the depths of the ocean with a group of other divers when he became separated from them.
Wait! There’s a problem. He couldn’t call for help as there is no way in there. You can’t hear someone scream underwater, just like you can’t hear anyone scream in space. On this exploring journey, this diver’s only means of communication was as a silent, fuzzy shadow in the background of a photograph.
When visiting certain countries, you might expect to see certain symbols. A Buddha statue in Indonesia, Christ the Redemer on the Rio hills, and Mecca’s desert valley. We’ve come to expect ancient ruins and symbols in different countries on our visits, but not underwater.
Many divers have possibly taken a second look at this statue at the ocean’s depths, and their hearts have skipped a beat. No one knows for sure how the statue ended up in the water, but we’re pretty sure a few divers threw a hail Mary while passing by.
Can you recall the scary fish from Finding Nemo? Depending on your age at the time of release, the film could have given you nightmares for a couple of nights later.
Many people are unaware that the frightening creature exists and can be found in the extreme depths of the ocean. They find their way around and use the mysterious light that dangles in front of their prey’s eyes to attract it. Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with this scary creature.
It’s almost amusing how we waste hours wondering what exists outside the ozone layer in space when there are a zillion unknown life forms alive (and dying) in the ocean’s depths. The ocean, on the other hand, occasionally reminds us of what lies underneath.
This creepy picture of an unknown organism washed up on the beach, scaring all. It’s not only disgusting, but it also makes one wonder what else lurks under the surface of the waves.
It just takes a glance at the vile creature in this picture to realize that it isn’t messing around. It’s not an animal you’d like to come across in the sea, with its long body and razor-sharp teeth.
The fact that a fisherman caught the creature near the shore is perhaps the scariest part of this photograph. It seems that not all frightening prehistoric-type fish can be found in the deepest parts of the ocean. You may be surprised to know that some of them are closer than you think!
Some people are naturally fearful, while others can maintain their calm composure no matter how frightening the situation is. This particular man was out on the water in Mexico when a strange creature approached him.
Rather than cringing in fear, he remained composed as the enormous creature approached to say hello. In the end, the fisherman’s calmness was undoubtedly a valuable thing since a slight flip of the whale-like creature’s tail might have him at the bottom of the ocean.
“He who fights monsters should look to it that he does not become a monster,” German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said. And if you stare long enough into an abyss, the abyss stares back at you…” However, we aren’t convinced that he meant for people to follow his saying so literally!
This man uniquely interpreted the message, and he set out to discover what lies underneath the abyss. However, from this vantage point, it appears to be a horrifying decision.
Look closer if you don’t catch your breath while looking at this picture! People worldwide are trying to push the boundaries of their lung capacity, how deep they can go, and how much they can discover by freediving. FYI, Freediving is loved as a popular sport activity around the world.
Unfortunately, pushing these limits can lead to some terrifying lessons. And there are moments when you can’t make it out alive. Freedivers frequently find themselves in dangerous situations when they don’t have an oxygen tank to hold them alive. Knowing this makes looking at this photo much scarier.
On land, a seal may tend to be a clumsy, harmless creature. A seal, on the other hand, can be a vicious predator underwater. Set aside your stuffed-seal teddy bear and pay your respects to the rotting carnivorous sea creature.
This terrifying image depicts how dangerous seals can be in the wild. You don’t want to come face to face with this seal, or you’ll end up on the receiving end of its bite.
We, humans, are a tiny blip on the earth in the grand scheme of things, and our lives are short compared to infinity. This image aptly illustrates the importance of this golden nugget of knowledge.
This image depicts a boat speeding through the ocean with a massive sea creature swimming underneath it. The terrifying part is that the people on the boat are possibly unaware that there is a massive beast underneath them because their vision doesn’t extend beyond the creature’s body!
The great white shark is one of the top ten deadliest creatures in the ocean. Despite this, the people in this photograph appear to be unconcerned about putting their lives in danger. They not only have no defense against the predator, but they still took the time to take a picture with it (which appears to be smiling).
While humans are not a regular food for great white sharks, they have been known to kill humans for various reasons. It is not worth the risk of getting the snap, in our opinion!
The whale is one of the world’s most giant mammals, and their colossal size is reason enough to be afraid of them. The big beasts, on the other hand, are usually gentle. At least, that’s the case until they realize that their babies are in danger.
This image depicts how enraged a whale can become when its young are in danger. Instead of leaping for joy, this whale charged at a small fishing boat, and one courageous fisherman managed to capture the moment on camera.
Observing a tiny octopus in the tidal pools is amusing before it squirts ink or sucks your arm with its tentacles. Octopus are Eight-Digit water creatures that are fascinating only when small. Imagine coming across a massive octopus-like the one in this picture!
You don’t want to come across this big animal while swimming because it has eight legs and can breathe underwater. In most cases, the octopus will let you go, but it’s best to stay away if you want to be safe.
Unknown marine life may appear harmless, luring us to get closer for a closer look. That is not always the best idea, as this Australian businessman realized. He approached this massive eel on a diving trip, and the eel gave him something to remember him by.
The eel bit the side of his mouth as he got too close for comfort. Air bubbles leaked from the hole in his mask (and his protective gear), causing the diver to lose precious oxygen. Fortunately, the Australian maintained his calm and made it to the surface before being rushed to the hospital.
If the sight of this terrifyingly hideous sea creature wasn’t enough to give you nightmares, the fact that it can grow to a length of 150 centimeters (4.9 feet) should. This slimy fish is known for having a distensible stomach, which allows it to consume food up to its body size.
The monkfish is noted for being purely carnivorous, as well as for being aggressive. That means you should swim away as quickly as possible if you ever come across one of these!
This creature appears to have been created to be cast in a horror film, but it is genuine. Fortunately for us, it can only be found deep inside the ocean’s dark waters, far from any sun or human existence.
Regardless of whether or not you will ever experience the fear, knowing that it exists is scary enough. After all, someone had to get close and personal to capture this picture! Hopefully, after seeing 41 terrifying pictures of what lies underneath, we’ll all have a better understanding and more respect for the ocean and what lies underneath.