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An unfortunate phobia — open water swimmer is scared of fish

August 3, 2008

How can an Olympic swimmer be afraid of fish? That’s like a skier being scared of heights or a boxer who faints at the sign of blood.

It may sound fishy, but it’s true, apparently. According to a report at Briton David Davies, a marathon swimmer who will compete in the 10-km event in a man-made lake, says he has a phobia about being in the water with big fish.

Best quote: “If I saw a big fish, I’d be scared,” Davies said. ”They’re not human. They don’t walk around. They’re different.”

Good luck, David.


Cool story. And if you want to know what the correct term is for fear of fish, see … or look up ‘ichthyophobia’.

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