In 2013, the beach that is 30 minutes away had a shark swimming in 12 inches of water. Sometimes I even whimper out loud at the thought of it. I can’t get in a swimming pool without checking around it several times and I can’t go swimming in the sea, I have tried but I turn into an obilisk and freak others out! Especially great whites and basking sharks. But, oh boy, did our ancestors have a lot to be afraid of! Infants aren't afraid of snakes and heights, but as adults, our brains become more sensitive to fearful stimuli. I feel the exact same way, I mean, it’s terrifying just to wash my face in the shower. Despite the unlikelihood of shark attacks, America’s fear persists. Jacob that is a great idea! In April of this year, 2 great white sharks were located down the coast of VA, NC, all the way down to Fl. Their fins (which are seen protruding out of the water in movies) are viewed as ‘ominous’. However, on the odd occasions I missed the ads during the week, my mother would plot with my siblings to keep quiet about the showing, and on the day of, they would call me into the living room for something (I began to avoid TV most Saturday nights) and I would walk in during an attack scene. You can also avoid spear fishing, because skewering fish sends out electric signals that can attract sharks. If I do I end up having a full scale panic attack, falling down and knocking every thing else down as I fall. Anna, something that may help you is a video I once came across. Our fear of sharks is tinged with subconscious guilt. In the ’80s here in the UK, Jaws was on TV almost every weekend. It helped me reach a comfortable medium when it comes to my anxiety. I don’t like going to the beach, but this is one major reason why now. when you decide to face your fear there are places where you can dive with small sharks and you can even touch them sometimes. I live very close to the beach for many years but have never been in the water past my waist because of my fear of SHARKS! A year later while diving and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef I was free of fear and actively looking for sharks and other sea creatures on our dives. We hear of the word "shark" and we can't help but immediately fill in the blank after it with "attack.". Of the 80-odd shark attacks that happen each year, fatality rates are decreasing thanks to improving medicine and medical response time. For instance, scientists estimate that humans kill around 100 million sharks each year, either through targeted fishing or as bycatch. No, I get that way too. I was afraid we would be attacked by a shark since we were so close to a pier where people fished for sharks. However, the … Learn more about human impact on sharks. It's possible they were trapped while looking for prey in the net. I don’t want this phobia to stay with me forever. I am terrified of deep water and I am not a good swimmer. x My little sister was 3 at the time, and she happened to get carsick easily. I am in my 30’s and it’s still here and shows no signs of ever leaving my psyche. My response was only made worse by my mother’s unsympathetic response to my stress. A lot of them will lie low in the depths until you are vulnerable and then charge full speed at you from below and you have no time to react. However, it is also a fear that is largely unfounded. I have the same problem and I don’t know how to fix it, the biggest fear is the great white shark. It is almost always a case of mistaken identity. My mom had it on our end table and I remember seeing the picture and it scaring me. A friend posted pics of a shark swimming around about 30 yards from the beach which is about 30 minutes from me. I am exactly the same. Jaws is one of my all time favorite movies and always will be. You may have come up with an idea that would help everyone on this page! I hate sharks, like so much. Crazy. I myself have a strong fear of sharks… Ever since I was around eight years old (ten years ago) I’ve had dreams about sharks eating me alive… I cannot swim in murky water and I tuck my feet up onto the chair just like you when I see them on the screen. When my mom and dad tells me to shower the first thing that comes to my mind when the water starts is sharks and their pointy teeth. The razor-sharp teeth, emotionless eyes, and protruding fins … WATCH: A great white shark turns underwater videographer when it grabs a research camera rig in the Southwest Pacific. Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts. Sharks still seem pretty scary. Bull sharks tend to hang out in the same areas that humans use. Sometimes in the bathtub I’d get scared. I couldn’t understand it. Hollywood films depicting sharks as calculating, vengeful diabolical monsters have no doubt enkindled the fear of sharks in many persons. Funny how they say only 30 species are dangerous to humans like they are trying to make it sound insignificant but it really is a lot. So they are more likely to encounter humans than other species. The art on the box was though, so I’d be in the semi dark at night thinking about that shark in my closet! well i have a horrible fear of sharks. Being eaten alive by a 15-foot-long tiger shark seems like a painful way to suffer through death, and we dread the possibility that a shark attack could be the thing that kills us. I don’t really know when I developed my fear of sharks. What scares me is their face! A number of films banked on America’s fear of the water beast, including the famous 1975 drama film, Jaws. The four fish were juveniles, but adults can grow to be the size of a school bus. I can’t even look at a picture of a shark or look at the sea without almost crying or panicking. YES! We are so alike!! When I see shark related things on TV, I pull my feet up off the floor and on to the couch. How can I overcome my fear and feel safe while swimming? A few days ago, my parents took us to the most shark-infested beach in Florida, New Smyrna beach. Think back to how ancient people would have survived in their primitive habitats. I know how rare shark attacks are, and I know most shark attacks are accidents, but my fear is so bad that I tried looking up the proper term for the phobia of sharks and I ended up crying, curled up in a ball under my blankets for (literally) one hour because it just gave me photos of sharks splashing up out of the water with their mouths open and flashing all their teeth. That and other shark-related inquiries below. I do think they have these horrifying eyes though. I tried to look at some shark pics but I couldn’t. I can’t swim in the ocean or look at a picture of a shark without crying or having bad dreams – I’m 14. The fear of sharks, called Galeophobia or Selachophobia, is a serious problem for some people. I’ve also researched therapy practices in Australia where this phobia is said to be extremely common because of the frequency of attacks. Dunno why, I hate swimming now, and sometimes I think that miniature sharks will come in my bath tub and eat me alive or something. As long as I remember knowing about sharks I’ve hated them. Usually however, it is media news reports of shark sightings, of surfers or swimmers being killed or bitten that triggers the exaggerated fear of sharks. I really hope it doesn’t control my life. I really need a cure. This is so me. I have studied sharks because when i was little they both scared and fascinated me. He wanted to get the tiger doc but it was gone. I can watch shark movies and shark documentaries without the slightest fear, I also research facts about sharks and understand that it is extremely irrational for me to think they will kill me, let alone be in the shallow depth I stand, yet I still have a panic attack without a doubt! Galeophobia, is a term used to describe a phobia for people who possess a persistent and extreme primal fear of sharks. Actually typing it just makes me realise how weird it sounds. I’m only very young so I haven’t had many holidays where I needed to go in the water but I had a panic attack in the ocean because I thought I saw a shark and ever since then I’ve not been able to sleep properly and I can’t go into a pool without freaking out and swimming back to the ladder. It meant some big blue creature and blood to me so I used to just scream out of the bath at that. 8 respuestas. Kat. It was cruel and definitely never made anything better. I know that most people will say that to get a phobia like Selachophobia you need to have been in a shark attack or something traumatic like that but I don’t think that is true at all! Thus, your Galeophobia, as its definition says, is unjustified. Anyway, I admire sharks, but I am scared to death of encountering one face to face. It’s horrible because I’m a strong swimmer and love swimming. It’s extinct, but that thing sure does freak me out. All rights reserved. I haven’t been in a pool in a while, and the last time I was I jumped right into the deep end and immediately regretted it. They’d all laugh as I ran off screaming and heaving. I can take showers but not a bubble bath because im scared a shark will magically appear, this is so sad. Showers and baths are ok, but if i go swimming , especially at night and in the deep end of the pool, I have a full on panic attack and have to get out of the water or more often then not dragged to she shallow end. Stupid? I am galeophobic and have been since I saw Jaws 3D at the age of 13, I am now 46. Being eaten is pretty scary too, though. my fear it started when i was at the aquarium and i saw the sharks swimming over me. But it's more than likely they would spit you back out. A huge shark swam by and I proceed to freak out and cry so hysterically we had to leave. Thanks Mom!!! Yeah, the bull sharks… Since reading about shark attacks in a dedicated children’s book (of all things) I couldn’t be asked to swim in murky rivers any longer… I was in fifth grade when I read that book… It was describing horrifying events, such as an ocean diver in the 60s losing his right leg and managed to survive even though he was 60 meters down in the deep. People wish for money, a nice car etc. You may have correctly assumed (although there are always exceptions), that your Fear Of Sharks is triggered from a past experience. When I was six years old I saw ‘Jaws’ and I can remember it like it was yesterday. I wouldn’t go near that thing. How can i get over it? I can’t watch movies with oceans, or underwater scenes. I can’t go to lakes, pools, I’m also scared in a bath (and that’s ridiculous) and swimming in a sea is a big challenge for me. When a person fears sharks, they will shun waters where sharks swim, and they will be terrified by media reports of shark attacks. August 17, 2017 - A team of divers freed four whale sharks trapped in fishing nets off the coast of Indonesia. This involves looking at pictures of sharks or watching movies about them until one can progress to visiting places where sharks are available. Would love to hear your response (if you have any)…. I was too young, and couldn’t understand how anyone could sit and watch this ‘horror’ movie. If I tell you there's a one in 3,748,067 chance you could be attacked and killed by a shark, that number is too abstract for your brain to be sensitive to it. I still recall one particular dream vividly to this day. 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