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Ichthyophobia: Fearsome phobias from A to Z

Who’s afraid of fish? Maybe more people than one might assume. (Hey, that's nothing to carp about. It's a real phobia.)

Personally, I’m not terrified of things that swim, although I don’t really like having scaly creatures flicking by me in the water. I did have one experience in the Jordan River that creeped me out a fair amount. (You can read that fish story here, if you wish: A to Z Answers: Recoiling at the River Jordan.)

Ichthyophobia is the fear of fish.

Lots of folks are leery of fish, especially when it comes to plunging (or wading) into the water with them. Swimming in dark unknown waters, accompanied by who-knows-what can be alarming to all sorts of people. (Cue the Jaws theme music here.)

The same ichthyophobic individuals may order salmon, sea bass, swordfish, or tuna off a fancy restaurant menu.That’s honky-dory. But don’t ask them to dive or even to remove a fresh-caught fish from the angling line. They will likely shudder and scowl and flounder about and say they have other fish to fry.

And yes, there are plenty of fish in the sea. But what’s that got to do with the price of fish?

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