There is something inherently terrifying about the lightless depths of the ocean. It’s an alien and unexplored world covering the majority of this planet. Who knows what could be down there, lurking…. waiting to strike us down and devour us.
I think that’s one of the reasons I enjoy H.P. Lovecrafts stories so much. It captures that nameless dread and terror of the unexplored and the unknown. However it is also thanks to his stories (and the movie “Jaws”), that I will NEVER go swiming in the ocean…. ever.