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Fear of Big Things Underwater

  • Published on Nov 26, 2022

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  • Jacob Geller
    Jacob Geller  Month ago +3748

    This video, including the original song at the end, was 100% funded by my patrons. Join my Patreon and I will put in a good word for you with the kraken: www.patreon.com/JacobGeller

    • Stop the Philosophical Zombies
      Stop the Philosophical Zombies 25 days ago

      You're kind of a fancyboy aren't you?

    • Ya boi Fet
      Ya boi Fet Month ago

      Jacob, this was amazing. Thank you for making this.

    • Crill Spez
      Crill Spez Month ago

      Awesome video! The song at the end it pretty awful though!

    • Paleo Bolt
      Paleo Bolt Month ago

      By the way we know that the loch ness monster doesn't exist because there both is not much room to not find it in, loch ness has been tested for dna and nothing unknown has been found and the person who started the idea of it and took the first photo has admitted to it being fake as well as a lot more also we know that the megeladon isn't still alive because the conditions are just way to different today for them to survive and the areas they lived in are not exactly hard to get to and are very well explored also they would have no prey and they could hardly have survived the ice age as well as a lot more, Also he does make it sound like huge unknown creatures and complex alien life especailly complex alien life resembling life on earth are significantly more likely than they actually are, Also why is this video part of your fear of your fear of series none of this is scary (At least to me and it doesn't seem like it would be to anyone else without thalassophobia either) also none of this is dangerous in anyway apart from the part of the draining lake which is a pretty minor part of this video by the way none of this is to say that this is a bad video it isn't in fact it is quite good

    • Dan Geller
      Dan Geller Month ago

      Hi I'm just wondering if we're related

  • Wendigoon
    Wendigoon Month ago +20102

    It is hard to quantify, but I am almost comfortable with the overwhelming dread of the sea. It's as if, in a time when natural conquers and untouchable lands are relegated to history, I feel a sense of pride that the ocean is our final frontier, and after it is inevitably discovered and documented, we'll be left with one less fairytale. The part about beasts becoming animals is cathartic, I love each discovery but know I will only get to discover it once. Incredible video, Inspiring as always.

    • Izzy Is-real
      Izzy Is-real Month ago +1

      my fav crossovers are the youberverse not the mcu

    • geralt's beard
      geralt's beard Month ago

      not to be that buzzkill but with the way things are headed, the ocean will remain a mystery until our inevitable doom. not that there will be much left to see in the great seas, considering how much aquatic wildlife we've massacred.

    • DB87x
      DB87x Month ago

      Love your content

    • SurrealDynamics
      SurrealDynamics Month ago

      Can't agree more. The mistery that lies in the submarine universe is almost endless. And probably won't ever be totally uncovered. I like it that way, though, as the unknown lets our minds wander and wonder, imagine, fear...

    • Para-Motard
      Para-Motard Month ago


  • Joeri Spek
    Joeri Spek Month ago +1053

    When I was 19 years old, I went skinny dipping into the sea with some people. It sounded like such a good idea on the well-lit beach. As we ran from the beach towards the sea, the light would become dimmer and dimmer. You could still see the waves crashing on the shore, but as we jumped in and swam a little bit we suddenly noticed the blackness of the water. All the light of the lamps at the beach were swallowed by the water, and as we observed it felt as if the light had a limit. There on the beach and at the shoreline was the safety of a visible world, but we had just entered a void. With nothing to see and only to feel, water swushed around us and it suddenly didn't feel as if we were in the sea anymore. It had become something akin to outer space. Me and my friends felt a fear run down our bodies that felt so primitive; so vulnerable. We swam, ran and clawed our way out of the water and never looked back that night. I love the sea and the ocean, but we'll always be a visitor.

    • B M
      B M 5 days ago +1

      @Gaming with Hajimemes exactly!

    • Gaming with Hajimemes
      Gaming with Hajimemes 5 days ago +2

      As a fish cannot live on land, we may only traverse above the unknown that is the ocean, and not below with those who live in it.

    • R. Lucas
      R. Lucas Month ago

      i did that once but i was drunk so it was super fun to splash in the void and not think about the consequences of being swallowed by the void

    • B M
      B M Month ago +1

      We don’t belong there. It’s that simple.

    • Maria Plamenova
      Maria Plamenova Month ago +2

      This made me so uncomfortable, congratulations on your wording

  • AlexXx
    AlexXx Month ago +1418

    A fun interaction with the Reaper Leviathan in Subnautica: if you hold a live fish in your hand when the Reaper approaches you, instead of attacking you it will eat the fish. I like this interaction, it reminds you that you are dealing with an animal, not some kind of a 'scary monster'. And the likely reason it attacks the player is only because they intrude on its territory.

    • Gufo
      Gufo Month ago +1

      @sillylittlesheep Jax Because it's relevant? Lol

    • Johann Chan
      Johann Chan Month ago

      @Lilly Tóth or we can natrualy kill it like what people do on yt

    • Johann Chan
      Johann Chan Month ago

      @Lilly Tóth What Is A false god to a player

    • Lilly Tóth
      Lilly Tóth Month ago

      @Johann Chan what is God to a hacker

    • Johann Chan
      Johann Chan Month ago

      @Lilly Tóth until we start using admin commands

  • flyingdugong
    flyingdugong Month ago +246

    I swear to god this man could write a script about the history of bread and make it sound like some sleeping eldritch god. Fantastic work sir 👌

  • Noah J
    Noah J Month ago +42

    I absolutely love your use of credits in every video jacob. I always watch the video all the way to the end because you structure your videos in a way that simply can't allow skipping over the credits. Thank you for putting so much quality work into every video.

    • Jacob Geller
      Jacob Geller  Month ago +16

      Thank you! I put a lot of work into the credits haha

  • GrubbinVGM
    GrubbinVGM Month ago +157

    Hearing Mark Brown's voice randomly was such a fun addition. He has a great voice

    • Spyridion Fotakos
      Spyridion Fotakos 18 days ago +4

      Thank you, I was going insane thinking that I was confusing him with Mark. Stopped the video on the second paragraph read by Mark to see if anyone mentioned it.

  • Davis Hickey
    Davis Hickey 16 days ago +7

    My man, I absolutely admire your dedication to theatrical presentation.
    You consistently have the most hypnotic and entrancing videos I can find on this website. They always leave me thinking for days afterwards. And a big part of that is because of how you present it.
    You are genuinely the best writer I have seen on RU-clip and I get as giddy as a schoolgirl every time I see a new video from you pop up in my feed.
    Keep up the good work, it's appreciated.

  • Karl-Kristoffer Johnsson
    Karl-Kristoffer Johnsson Month ago +101

    Your previous "Fear of..." videos made me think of caves and the cold as Lovecraftian entities, so when I saw the title of this video, my mind immediately jumped to Cthulhu.

  • Very Bored
    Very Bored Month ago +96

    Just wanted to appreciate 19:40 going from a seamless long unedited take of you explaining multiple parts of the kraken including reading excerpts of the book Kraken, to a perfect match cut

  • Sof Riley
    Sof Riley Month ago +1241

    Hey, Jacob, just wanted to let you know that I'll be using this video as a source for an English graduate seminar paper in a Blue Humanities course. Can't tell you how excited I was to watch this. Your work is so good, not only creatively, but as an argument for the academic study of video games and a great genre example for people like me who want to explore video games in the humanities. I don't know how you do it, but I've never seen you miss. Fantastic, as always!

    • complete video here
      complete video here Month ago +2

      Here is the full clip : thank me later

  • NightDocs
    NightDocs Month ago +176

    I genuinely enjoy your amazing storytelling. You’re a master wordsmith and it inspires me to think more intentionally about my own for my videos. Cheers ❤

  • Megan
    Megan Month ago +155

    I love your inclusion of Iron Lung!! One of the most interesting games I’ve seen and it fits perfectly with the video’s theme. Amazing video!!

  • O Eleos
    O Eleos Month ago +112

    Beautiful. I don't live close to the sea so I don't think about it often, but I am afraid of the dark depths and fascinated by what they may contain. This video was captivating, you're a great storyteller.

  • Joe Ingalls
    Joe Ingalls Month ago +21

    Jacob, I think this just may be your most captivating, well written, and thorough of your videos I've seen. And as far as I know, I've seen all of your videos (of this style at least). Your presentation style is very unique. I love how you move from an extremely well thought out concept to crass slang from time to time. Amazing

  • mortimer starfloods
    mortimer starfloods Month ago +21

    Always impressed by the breadth of subject matter you cover. Literally every upload is exciting because I have no idea what rabbit hole you're gonna drag me down next

  • Emma Flood
    Emma Flood Month ago +25

    My first knowledge of the kraken probably came from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and although the last movie of the first trilogy isn’t the strongest I did think the image of the kraken washed ashore was a pretty powerful way to raise the stakes. Amazing video as always, I love enormous creatures so much and will always be in awe of both fictional and real giants.

  • k0shmar
    k0shmar Month ago +20

    I feel like for me, my fear deep water and monsters lurking in it is one that I actually like to trigger. Whenever I look at a picture or a video of a sea creature or even just the deep ocean it’s so uncomfortable and unnerving but I just can’t look away, I find myself just looking this kinda stuff up.

  • [Null]Fi
    [Null]Fi Month ago +82

    I've watched all of your uploads up till now and this is easily my favorite piece of content you've created. You encapsulated so many feelings that are difficult to describe at the best of times with a sense of thoughtfulness that's increasingly rare today, thank you and I look forward to future uploads.

  • Sawtooth Waves
    Sawtooth Waves Month ago +42

    the comparison of ocean to space is so charmingly human. we named our entire planet after the small fraction we can inhabit, making sea creatures "unearthly" just by definition. silly humans, our planet is just as much theirs!

  • TheSaviorOfSouls
    TheSaviorOfSouls Month ago +25

    Jacob your work influences and affects me in ways no other...thing ever has.
    I know it can seem like a small thing, but the fact that your videos excist is such a wonderful reality.
    And i hope you will make many more.
    Thank you for the effort and all the knowledge etc. You share in your videos. I certainly wouldnt have found them on my own.

  • Bjarki Pálsson
    Bjarki Pálsson Month ago +3

    You "Fear of" videos are my new favorite thing on youtube, hope you keep making more. Your narration/writing is absolutely 10/10, you nail the vibe of your writing.

  • Dias Fontes
    Dias Fontes Month ago +9

    The ocean and the dwellers of its depths are part of a world that coexists with "our own". They are a source of culture and life that must be cherished and respected. Although they instill a deep and primal fear within me, they remind me of my own insignificance in the grand scheme of things and that is...soothing, somehow. It's a humbling feeling.
    What a marvel of a video. You, sir, never fail to deliver. I believe that everybody feels the passion that you pour into your works, it's that sensible. Thank you for that.

  • Phookt
    Phookt Month ago +22

    You captured my undivided attention for almost an hour with this video, it’s extremely well made. I can barely sit through a 30 second tik tok and I watched every second of this :)

  • DoctorSwellman
    DoctorSwellman Month ago +535

    I haven’t watched this yet but I absolutely adore the “Fear of” series you have here. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this and experience unspeakable terror

    • Rain
      Rain Month ago +3

      Unspeakable terror with a touch of melancholy and hope ❤

  • Tristan Sauer
    Tristan Sauer 10 days ago

    This was incredible. The absolute poetic horror of the deep and it’s almost alien other worldlyness has always fascinated me. You’ve put a lot of those feelings to words and stories here. Thank you!

  • blackdome98
    blackdome98 Month ago +4

    More often than not, I lack the patience for video essays, especially ones longer than 15 minutes.
    But I watch your stuff with such fascination and engagement, it is a delight to see myself be marveled like this.
    And seeing the video matieral of the squid in it's naturak habitat actually made me cry, I don't quite know why.

  • Dayton Margramarnsom
    Dayton Margramarnsom Month ago +1

    Really love your line delivery in this one, sounds a lot more natural than in some of your other vids. Love your stuff

  • syd
    syd Month ago +1

    congrats on this video blowing up dude you absolutely deserve it. favorite content creator by a landslide. keep it up 💞

  • Trevor
    Trevor Month ago +5570

    Hey Jacob, I worked on the Owens lake drybed restoration project (phase 2) back in 2003. We laid 7 miles of 56" (inside height) steel and concrete lined water pipeline, about 50' deep in the sand. What a crazy experience. It was over 110°F in the shade. You drank over a gallon of water each day. Anything plastic became like playdough. The dust was choking, the wet sand was so caustic you had to wear rubber boots, it ate out cloths and burned exposed skin.
    The first phase already in place, they used shallow flooding irrigation to grow tall grass marsh plants, as a test to control the dust and erosion. The affect they didn't think about, this shallow flooding leached out through the sand and collect deeper where we had to run the pipeline. It created sinkholes that ate bulldozers, and that water running through the crap in the sand made it super concentrated. It would burn skin if you rinse it off. We had to run dozens of huge pumps 24/7 to keep our dich dry. But with no real soil to absorb and hold that pumped water, it just leached back into the ditch. Setting the pipe was fairly easy and the welders followed behind us, welding inside and outside the pipe. My favorite job, was cleaning up after the welders inside the pipe. You lay on a small wheeled dolly, and start heading into the pipeline. At each joint, you do a quick sweep and pickup the burned up arc welder sticks. It was well lit the first hundred feet or so, but it quickly became a pin head of light untill it faded into a void. I enjoyed the adventure and how much cooler it was compared to the surface. Plus being the only person to not come screaming back out with claustrophobia earned me some free drinks back in town. And I got to stay in/ work on an old travel trailer that was used in one of the "I Love Lucy" movies. It was abandoned near Lone Pine, where tons of films still get shot around there. It ended up in the little trailer park, where I ended up staying. After that pipeline phase finished, I stayed there, becoming the trailer park/ campground manager, building maintenance man and cook at the Frost Chalet, the local ice cream and burger joint.
    Thanks for all your videos, but especially this one for taking me back on memory lane.

    • Marcelle Pesek
      Marcelle Pesek Month ago

      @Jacob Hunt Then you're missing out
      on an interesting story.

    • Fgc Lash
      Fgc Lash Month ago

      Stop making shit up lol

    • John White
      John White Month ago

      Mans wrote a whole Wikipedia page

    • Marcelle Pesek
      Marcelle Pesek Month ago

      Trevor, your story is quite fascinating! You had to have guts and a strong sense of adventure to get into this line of work.
      I was not even aware that such projects existed, to my shame, so I was glad to also learn something extra from your
      letter. I can just visualize you zooming through the pipelines, picking up arc welder sticks! You've had a fascinating life
      so far, and seem to be multi-talented, branching out, being part of movie history, and becoming the factotum in a place
      called Lone Pine. Thanks for sharing this with us! This channel is great, love the narration and videos. Be well!

    • Uncle Scipio
      Uncle Scipio Month ago

      This is excellently written.

  • Ekim davis
    Ekim davis Month ago +3

    Definitely makes me wanna play sub and the blood moon game. That's really dope to see someone's passion in something obscure. It's great there's no limit to human interest and I was thoroughly interested too.

  • TheGreenBulbasaur
    TheGreenBulbasaur Month ago +3

    I feel that same obsession with the unknown and particularly large creatures that exist just beyond understanding. A beautiful topic for this beautifully made video essay.

  • Skull Squad
    Skull Squad Month ago +2

    My guess for the reduced sightings since 1873 is that ships had switched over to Steam Power and Metal Hulls. Even if a ship was grabbed onto it wouldn't slow it down enough for you to notice, and the noise produced prolly deter them anyway.
    With how "loud" and dangerous the surface is anymore, of course they stay down where its quite and safe.

  • julien
    julien Month ago +2

    with the subject matter covered in this video I'm surprised you didn't mention Barotrauma. It's an extremely gritty and dark game that takes place on Europa (a moon of Jupiter) in the pitch dark ocean underneath the moon's icy surface; the game is multiplayer so there are many "man vs man" elements to it but it features an environment that (at least for me) ticks _every_ box of "terrifying large thing underwater". your example from A Series of Unfortunate Events reminded me strongly of the sonar you use in this game and how it vaguely etches the environment around your ship, but occasionally will show massive shapes (indistinguishable from rocks and debris) only for you to realize too late they're impossibly large creatures rushing towards you before the entire ship is rocked. barotrauma's sound design, atmosphere and aesthetic all exacerbate this experience and make it so much more thrilling and immersive and I think it encapsulates a lot of the themes detailed in this video, maybe you could check it out

  • Willow O'Brien
    Willow O'Brien Month ago +1340

    As someone who spent part of this summer in a deep sea biology lab, i am PUMPED. I LOVE the deep sea, love it, love every weird and scary thing down there, they're all absolutely delightful to me. And thank you for highlighting Magnapinna, my eerie fave.

    • GandalfAndFerg
      GandalfAndFerg Month ago

      @YardieSmoke1 science doesn't say that big sharks cant live in the deep ocean, six gills and sleepers exist. The problem is that megalodon are EXTINCT, they were common in the fossil record and then they disappeared from the fossil record. Not to mention they were shallow water coastal sharks.

    • YardieSmoke1
      YardieSmoke1 Month ago +1

      @GandalfAndFerg I mean although science says creatures like the Megalodon and other giant monsters couldn’t simply survive. I still have a feeling they still just might be down there somewhere.

    • Jazz Man
      Jazz Man Month ago +1

      @GandalfAndFerg What's the actual reason?

    • Graham Carpenter
      Graham Carpenter Month ago

      @GandalfAndFerg Quit whining and get lost, you're annoying everyone here.

    • ChubbyAnemone69
      ChubbyAnemone69 Month ago +11

      @GandalfAndFerg cringe.

  • Tony Meyer
    Tony Meyer Month ago +9

    I just love this topic. The sea and the creatures in it always fascinated me. Just the idea of the great, deep and dark unkown. Almost innumerable possibilities. Because of this I even got into diving. You really managed to capture this feeling.

  • hardlykarly
    hardlykarly Month ago

    As always, incredible work. Recognizing everything from Tennyson to Subnautica to A Series of Unfortunate Events? I live for this type of multimedia literary criticism, and you're the best out there at this. Somehow you made a video about sea monsters that genuinely made me want to cry. Thank you.

  • Fernanda
    Fernanda Month ago

    Just discovered your series on fear and I'm really obsessed with it. This is a great video, thank you for making it.

  • Treeloc
    Treeloc Month ago +1

    I've always really loved Mermaids. The idea of a creature that looks like me is lurking deep in the sea is fascinating even if understand it's unlikely. As I get older I sort of feel like mermaids are a sort of fantasy for those who long for the ocean. Mermaids are a bridge between worlds. Literally half human, and half a creature of the sea. In many media portrayals, they can both traverse land and water. I think even if it sounds cheesy there are many people that feel comforted but the overwhelming unknown mass of the ocean. And mermaids are basically what we imagine to be the middle ground between our worlds. The fact some people become professional mermaids speaks to this. Professional mermaids I've talked to have a deep connection to the sea and love to be a bit closer to that world even if it's more a mimic of the sea. I just think it's beautiful. For humans to create a hybrid of two worlds in hopes to feel less separated from the mystery of the deep waters. Its like mermaids are mediators of vastly different planets made to allow us some escapism in such an unknowable vast of water.

  • Elizabeth Kasner
    Elizabeth Kasner Month ago +492

    Holy crap, your Fear Of series is just consistently so good and I love watching them every single time you make them. They are just such a delightful look into that which we find terrifying and your analyses are just so on point and delicious I love them.

    • Drew C
      Drew C Month ago +12

      The fear of cold video blew my fuckin mind. I paused every few minutes to give my roommate the play by play as I learned things. Horrific and nasty and intriguing

  • SoulSoundMuisc
    SoulSoundMuisc Month ago

    This was well put together, thank you for doing such a great job on this.
    My careers and jobs in the past have put me into contact with just about the very worst that humanity has to offer. I've had firearms pointed at me, I've been stabbed (twice), and I've been in innumerable fights-- some of which I came out the worse, some of which I came out the better. So, when I say that I am afraid of no mere man, I mean it. Oh, I might get destroyed in a fight, or even slain, but it doesn't scare me anymore; I've just become fatalistic about the evils people inflict on each other, including the potential evils a person could inflict on me.
    The depths of the ocean are one of those few things that scare the ever-living heck out of me. If I can't see the bottom, I don't want anything to do with it. The idea of strapping a tank to my back to go exploring where humanity has no business, count me out! Despite how jaded I have become about my own mortality, my imagination is just too active to even contemplate the idea of delving into the deeps. The things that are down there, we just have no idea... and the possibilities give me the heebie-jeebies.

  • Thebat497
    Thebat497 Month ago +12

    This video is brilliant thanks for the effort you put into this! I really like how you included literature and video games to this. Too often people neglect the very powerful truths that come from human analogy and imagination. I think with the clear yearning for the unknown that you and many of us feel is hope for the very possibility that we will learn to surrender to the great depths and perhaps create relationships with creatures we never knew existed.

  • Paulina Vasilenko
    Paulina Vasilenko 16 days ago +1

    This video is incredible. Your ability to create a cohesive and harmonious narrative out of various thematic threads has always astounded me. You create your story and then tell it so eloquently, like a bard. Every video essay you publish is a journey. Your storytelling is on another level. Thank you so much for sharing your art with the public.

  • tepidti
    tepidti 20 days ago

    coming back to this video, i just love how our brains had the same exact feelings about the obsession with the "unfathomable" underwater. i'm still so obsessed with it.

  • katie dey
    katie dey Month ago +1672

    thank you for allowing me to contribute a small part to this beautiful video !! im beyond honoured !!!

    • lepanneän
      lepanneän Month ago

      Having one of your songs at the end of a jacob geller video was such a treat! I love your music!

    • Robert Mitchell
      Robert Mitchell Month ago +1

      Hauntingly beautiful

    • guthrien
      guthrien Month ago +1

      What a wonderful song and perfect endcap to this video. Thank you.

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      TruthMalice Month ago


    • Empoleon Master
      Empoleon Master Month ago +3

      Thank you for the freaking amazing song, I shall be listening to it on repeat tonight to fall asleep.

  • Jeremy Martin
    Jeremy Martin Month ago +1

    Thank you for pointing out Subnautica and Thalassophobia.
    I have always had it very bad, and Subnautica is probably just about one of the scariest games I have ever played because of it.
    I think, for most people, it's less of a "fear of the ocean" as it is more of a fear of the unknown or the unseen. I believe it suffers from the same misconceptions that having a "fear of the dark" does. There might be some people who are simply afraid of darkness just as I'm sure there are probably people who are simply afraid of deep water. I'm sure it's not impossible to just simply be afraid of the dark.
    But, for most people, the darkness isn't the thing that scares them. It's the unseen things lurking in the dark just out of reach that terrify people. I've learned to lose my fear of the darkness over time, but my fear of the deep ocean remains. Down there, giant monsters can be anywhere and nowhere at the same time. You know they exist, but you don't know where they exist. They could be within 50 ft of you, but in which direction? On land, you only really need to deal with a 2D plane of existence. There's a circle of danger. Overhead threats can exist, but, for the most part, the concern is with things on the ground or, at the very least, within the four walls, floor, and ceiling of the room you're in.
    But in the ocean? You're not just dealing with a flat circle any longer. You're dealing with a full sphere. A threat can exist in any direction imaginable. They can come from any angle. Above you, below you, behind you, in front of you, to the side, and any combination of any angle you can think of.
    It's horrifying. When I first played Subnautica, I couldn't face the Reaper at all. I literally could not. As soon as I saw one fade into existence out of the murky depths, I had to pause the game and stop myself from shaking.
    Supporting my theory that it's merely a fear of the unknown and the unseen is with the other two reapers in the main Subnautica game (Below Zero not included).
    The Ghost Leviathan and the Sea Dragon Leviathan creatures are both much larger than the Reaper. The Ghost Leviathan, in comparison to the Reaper, only spawns in complete open water in 2 or 3 specific locations. The Sea Dragon never spawns in open water, and it will ONLY spawn deep in volcanic underground cave systems. The Ghost Leviathan's frequent encounter points are also within an underground cave system.
    They are both significantly less scary to me than the Reaper. Why? Because I can track them. I can see them. Their range of places that they can be is significantly lower. From the ground floor of the cave systems, I can usually look up and see the ceiling. These creatures can't lurk out of sight, and I have plenty of rocks to hide near. I can limit their angles of attack.
    But the Reaper? There's nothing like being 200 meters deep unable to see either the sea floor or the "ceiling" where the open water touches air surrounded by the screams of a vicious predator whom you know is lurking somewhere close by. They're close enough for you to hear their scream, which means they're close enough to know where exactly you are. Their scream is echo location afterall... but you don't know where they are. You likely won't know where they are until they've hit you, by which point it's too late.

  • julian
    julian Month ago +8

    Hello Jacob, I would really like to see a video on the fear of change. I think it’s a fascinating thing to think about from a psychological viewpoint, and also fairly topical, especially nowadays. I love your storytelling and writing, please keep making high quality videos like this!

  • eyow foou
    eyow foou Month ago

    from a different perspective and it definitely gets me wondering how that would turn out. Again, amazingly well done! Thank you for your time and effort.

  • Nico
    Nico Month ago +4

    your video essays are truly unmatched. the love you pour into these allows them to carry the sense of fear, dread, and ultimate reverence that you seek to express in your explorations of human experiences. every time im notified of a new video of yours i always savor it... keep doing what you're doing, its so special

  • Jon Gaul
    Jon Gaul Month ago +1201

    As someone with a powerful fear of the dark, deep, unknowable objects that lie beneath the waves and also a deep adoration for Jacob Geller’s videos……….. boy we’ll try to make it through this one

    • PomptonII
      PomptonII Month ago

      he is scared of blacks!

    • R.J. Penfold
      R.J. Penfold Month ago

      How'd you get on?

    • Aisha Lotter
      Aisha Lotter Month ago +1

      Me too, since a little boy,can’t swim but it’s not the drowning that scares me it’s the deep dark water, used to have nightmares when I was a youngster. Peace out from the police state of north Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

    • David Griffindork
      David Griffindork Month ago

      ​@RedTailedDolphin You made me laugh pretty hard there 😂

    • Kubaduce
      Kubaduce Month ago

      @The Jubilant Poet they died of a heart attack half way throug

  • secretofKel
    secretofKel Month ago

    I love this, I love this so much. What an incredible video! I've always had that fascination with the ocean and the depth that you describe, almost the opposite of thalassophobia. That feeling is what draws me to things like the Area X books - JP Brammer's article Life on Other Worlds goes into this as well from a different angle, and I put this video right up there with all of it. Thank you so much!

  • Dohndabe
    Dohndabe Month ago +4

    I just discovered this channel, and it is phenomenal! If I may request, please do fear of decay! It is one of my favorite concepts. I'm off to watch all your other video essays :D

  • AveryTheAxolotl
    AveryTheAxolotl Month ago +28

    Being a student in Marine Biology, I can’t even begin to explain how much I love the ocean. So little is known about it and I have such a fascination with the ocean

  • Disc0
    Disc0 Month ago +6

    I love your style of presenting this video, it's facts, stories and art all put together in a cohesive whole. Excellent work!

  • gecgecge
    gecgecge Month ago +403

    I really hope Jacob never stops the Fear Of videos, this trilogy is so incredibly special to me. These three videos have been just amazing inspiring life changing stuff. Thank you Jacob Geller

    • thewaffle003
      thewaffle003 Month ago

      @Mica Robin Lmao, go play Below Zero

    • gecgecge
      gecgecge Month ago

      @Lunnefisk this happened to me as I read this comment, you have the gift of prophecy

    • Lunnefisk
      Lunnefisk Month ago +2

      I can't wait for Fear of Fucking Up My Order At The Family Outing To A Restaurant

    • jamesruth100
      jamesruth100 Month ago +1

      @Reqviemus Akermann yeah the house video is definitely tangentially related in my mind except it's about the mystique and fear we assign to something of our own creation where as these are about the mystique and fear we assign to the world that is largely outside of our control.

    • Mica Robin
      Mica Robin Month ago +3

      @thewaffle003 Underwater cave exploring in the arctic be like

  • Papy Petit Pois
    Papy Petit Pois Month ago +8

    I must admit that you are on the list of the few content creators I still watch. Those who have something of my interest, and oh god it was to find my very pinnacle of them. Thank you Jacob for your investment, passion sharing, storytelling and heart you put into these videos. Pure moments of joy, where I suddenly drawback from everything, where time itself has changed its flow.

  • artofescapism
    artofescapism Month ago

    This is an excellent video- I always love the mysteries of the ocean, and this is a beautifully written and composed exploration of that phenomenon. I’m a scuba diver, and it always feels transcendent to visit the depths that were restricted to humans for so long- like I’m an astronaut, visiting a world that isn’t mine. And my paleontology work just fuels that, with my love of prehistoric oceans and discovering what lived there, what vastly different worlds lie underneath our own.
    However, I have to clarify on one point- we can know whether something exists or not in other ways than simply seeing it, by examining the context around it, and Megalodon is not one of those things possibly lurking in the ocean anymore. My advisor in college was an expert on fossil sharks and he got so tired of people asking if Megalodon is still alive somewhere lol, so sorry that I nitpick on that.
    But inferring these things from context doesn’t take away the majesty and mystery of the ocean and its giant beasts, just puts it in a different perspective. Like all the things that science has revealed- underwater volcanoes, hydrothermal vents and all the alien creatures that live there- we’re all sort of driven by that half-fear half-fascination with the unknown depths. Thank you again for such a thought-provoking video!

  • Seanna Monroe
    Seanna Monroe 12 days ago

    I would love to see a video "Fear of Dehydration" or "Fear of the Desert" I love these videos so much and your channel brings me so much joy! Thank you for what you make!

  • Biowolf
    Biowolf 2 days ago

    Honestly, this video makes me feel like we’re just as much of an unknown Eldredge horror beyond comprehension as they are to us. Like imagine being a squid that came from the depths of the ocean, being dragged out onto the deck of a ship and you’re just suffocating being crushed by gravity and you have no idea what’s going on and you see these creatures that are walking up on their legs and you don’t know how they’re doing that and fear makes us exaggerate things because we do not remember those things clearly and if these squids are sentient creatures and if they survived such an ordeal, they probably go to their squid buddies and tell them about these 40 foot creatures that stand on two legs with sharp metal that come from their hands and they can stand in immense pressure and they breathe poison.

  • CosmicAntiJoke
    CosmicAntiJoke Month ago +728

    I'm an over the road trucker and listened to all of your video essays while driving mostly through the Southwest. It's a testament to their listenability and your descriptive nature without NEEDING to see the video, although I'm sure I'm missing out to a certain degree by being a safe, attentive driver. I love your videos and am grateful for every bit of work you put into these. Thank you very much for what you do.

    • Pumpkin_Pants
      Pumpkin_Pants Month ago +4

      @High Definition I'm American and I don't even know

    • Ogel Smogel
      Ogel Smogel Month ago +10

      @High Definition That weird thing at the end of your leg.

    • High Definition
      High Definition Month ago +21

      Lol I need subtitles when he's outside. Also the metric measurements are nice when he shows them on the screen, wtf is a foot lmao

  • Daarck Worgen
    Daarck Worgen Month ago

    found this completely randomly and having piqued my interest (I love the deep - the mystery of the waters, not the douche from The Boys) just sat and watched the entire doc. I can't stress enough how rare an event this is. Fantastic stuff; wide ranging and always interesting, Jacob does a great job of knitting together an array of disparate threads into a tapestry that refuses to let go once it has its hooks in you. Brilliant, loved it. Will be checking out the other vids and hanging around to see what else comes up.

  • James S
    James S Month ago +3

    I always wondered how people could NOT find the depths absolutely terrifying?

  • Aidan Sullivan
    Aidan Sullivan Month ago +7

    This is my favorite series you do! Ive watched the other two fear of… episodes multiple times! Cant wait to see what the next one is :)

  • LordDestrus
    LordDestrus Month ago

    So, so good, Jacob. Thank you so much for continuing to make these wonderful videos.

  • Lavender
    Lavender Month ago +508

    Okay, I'm honestly baffled that you're able to make stuff like this as frequently as you do, as amazingly as you do.
    It's inspiring.
    Well done, once again.

    • Zephyr
      Zephyr Month ago +2

      @Sillster Nice reply

    • Sillster
      Sillster Month ago +5

      Nice comment

  • Ezzat Tarek
    Ezzat Tarek Month ago +1

    The fast pacing music, The waves and The Speech about the unknown , I Think This is The "Most" Perfect Opening for any video you have ever done

  • Dristo's Reading Corner

    This was such a beautifully written and amazingly produced video, I hope to become as good as telling stories as you are.

  • Gene Lattanzi
    Gene Lattanzi Month ago +1

    When you were talking about scientists and others dismissing the notion of a large sea creature, it reminded me of the scene in Jaws, when even confronted by photographic evidence, the town council kept refuting what they were seeing.

  • Kay
    Kay 13 days ago

    although my actual work is in herpetology, i've been obsessed with sea monsters for as long as i can remember (especially squids). "the sea raiders" by h.g. wells is one of my absolute favorite pieces of literature ever and i think to truly understand me one has to read it. the "kraken" episode of lost tapes was life-changing when i first saw it. subnautica is also one of my favorite games, and i haven't played iron lung yet, but it looks perfectly up my alley. i love, love, LOVE the idea of giant, merciless and unknowable animals that have no particular grudge with you, but kill you because it's in their nature. i especially love it when you never see the entire animal, nor have a chance of defeating it.

  • Ded-Inside
    Ded-Inside Month ago +300

    While I am saddened by the the exclusion of Kos's washed up corpse in Bloodborne, this video was absolutely amazing.
    It brings back a similar feeling of wonder and terror I felt towards the depths of the ocean when I was a kid, that same obsession with gargantuan leviathans lurking beneath the oceans surface, the daydreams of travelling the world as Jacques Custeau did.
    If I see success in my life as a biologist, perhaps I too may witness one of these phenomena.
    So thank you Jacob, for the newfound inspiration, and these magnificent 48 minutes.

    • Necrotic Reaper
      Necrotic Reaper Month ago +1

      I was also surprised that Unfortunate Events got brought up extensively , but none of Lovecraft's works. Creepy fact. One of the still unexplained sounds picked up from the Ocean happens to have been pinpointed to exactly where Cthulhu is supposed to be sleeping in his city, and it literally sounds like a massive creature sleeping.

    • Dinah B
      Dinah B Month ago +2

      @mo beastie bro had me edging fr waiting for that

    • Yora
      Yora Month ago +5

      @Spaghetty Our eyes are yet to open

    • Snufkin Snufkin
      Snufkin Snufkin Month ago

      came here to post this, how tampering with a washed up God fucked people up BIG TIME is a very cool thing to not include in this video
      hell the 2003 blob shown in the video looks just like Kos in the game!

    • Jaydee8652
      Jaydee8652 Month ago +6

      20:07, That’s where I thought he was going.

  • shenanigains
    shenanigains Month ago

    This was great, thank you for letting us be part of this.

  • Jim Dandy
    Jim Dandy Month ago +11

    Finally, a video about my all-time favourite animal and one of my favourite subjects! Thanks a lot for what you create homie

  • henr akjo
    henr akjo Month ago +1

    absolutely delightful to me. And thank you for highlighting Magnapinna, my eerie fave.

  • Fenn
    Fenn Month ago +2

    Very much loved this! Although very surprised you never mentioned the Junji Ito story, "The Thing That Drifted Ashore".

  • HãVõK
    HãVõK Month ago

    What an incredible video!
    I found it on a RU-clip "deep dive" into the rabbit hole, so glad I clicked on it.!
    Capturing all the way through and well balanced between absolute unknown terror and known safety of comfort.
    Can't wait to see more of the same.
    Have subbed just on this alone.

  • Spiral Unity
    Spiral Unity Month ago +3

    I have always tried to explain to people that its not just the deep water that scares me, its whats down there that cant be seen. Thanks for the awesome video!

  • Tossel
    Tossel Month ago

    Just found your channel... you're well read, particular about your approach, quite funny and a pleasant listen. Thank you for what you do, great talent

  • Marie Claire
    Marie Claire Month ago +4

    Just found your channel and I really like how you have narrated this episode. Your voice conveys the calmess and inevitably of the dark waters you are describing. I should be scared, because I fear even the idea of being in the open sea, but tou make it relaxing, like accepting that we still have to discover this side of the earth and, I don't know why, it comforts me.

  • Brian Irwin
    Brian Irwin Month ago +679

    As someone who had nightmares for years about the drawings of Kraken pulling down ships (and the staring, perpetual EYES), I'd like to congratulate you for this achievement of journalism and presentation. Your talent for making engaging and well-researched videos is awesome. Thank you for ruining my sleep tonight, I hope you have a fantastic day!

    • MrBigCookie Crumble
      MrBigCookie Crumble Month ago

      @Brian Irwin Your description did make me wonder about that. But i was a bit afraid to ask as i didn't want to come across as rude, thanks for sharing.

    • Brian Irwin
      Brian Irwin Month ago +1

      @MrBigCookie Crumble well, I'm autistic too, so maybe that's a commonality!

    • High Definition
      High Definition Month ago +1

      Video's giving me a sense of dread tho lol

    • MrBigCookie Crumble
      MrBigCookie Crumble Month ago +5

      My little sister also had these recurring nightmares as a child of these "staring, perpetual EYES" as you put it, but not from the Kraken but rather from dolls, and muppets. Something she has trouble looking at to this day as they "freak her out" as she puts it. She has autism, dont know if that has anything to do with it. Don't know why im sharing this but it made me think about her.

    • beepboop
      beepboop Month ago +3

      i have the same dreams of that and aquariums every single night since i was a kid!!!

  • Thomas Stehlik
    Thomas Stehlik Month ago +3

    Absolutely loved this incredibly well made and thought provoking video essay/documentary! Thank you so much for shining light on this topic with such darkness and mystery surrounding it!

  • The Asian Jaywalker

    Wow thank you for this (and the Patreons) this was very well done!

  • MorbidRainbow
    MorbidRainbow Month ago +2

    i loved this video! I'm infinitely afraid of the things the deep dark holds, simply because the possibilities that my mind creates, sparks joy to me.
    The possibility of gigantic squids and massive creatures feels like it's one of the only mysteries left, that simply aren't possible to explore yet.
    Although i would love to know what's going on down there, i also don't mind not knowing what the abyss holds.
    It's both my greatest fascination and fear at the same time.

    • Chris Gaming
      Chris Gaming Month ago +2

      it's not "impossible to explore", it's just very difficult

  • Juha J.
    Juha J. Month ago

    Great video and nice analysis. I have no idea how to describe my own fear of the deep waters - it makes no sense - and marinebiologists are thrilled about those mysteries. Their study makes sense.
    Fear of unknown is a powerful force as is ... ok that is enough. Thanks Jacob Geller

  • intolerable scamp
    intolerable scamp Month ago +184

    That little post-credits photo showing your old class project is genuinely touching. This is largely a video about the depths, the abyssal cold - but that music with that photo felt so familiar and warm.

    • Lavender
      Lavender Month ago +5

      Exactly. These videos always are touching, in one way or another to me.

    • complete video here
      complete video here Month ago

      Here is the full clip : thank me later

  • Ben Ward
    Ben Ward Month ago

    This is the first video of yours that I have seen. I'm very impressed with your articulation and research. Excellent work, sir. Bonus points for talking about video games and cracking me up with that unexpected "F bomb", that was great.

  • berserk8
    berserk8 Month ago +5

    What a masterpiece this was, enjoyed every second of it

  • EM
    EM Month ago +2

    Hey jacob! I've found myself binging your videos lately because of how much i enjoy them, your videos made me realize i enjoy reading a lot more than i remembered. From your videos I've found lots of novels and short stories i love, my favorite being Friday black. Do you have any other book recommendations? I'd love to read more, but finding captivating and interesting literature is hard where i live.

  • PoseidonM
    PoseidonM Month ago +3

    These video's always manage to instill a new chilling reverence for you as a person. Having always had these curious thoughts and Ideas within you and discussing and pursuing them to a degree that many have long thought unnecessary or unfulfilling. I hope you continue to show us these long held captivations and your ability to pursue them, for a long long time.
    Thank you for another great video that spurs my often ignored interest in the unknown.

  • broccolisupremacy
    broccolisupremacy Month ago +286

    I still don't understand how we get such high-value videos every month given the amount of work and love that goes into them. Every new video of yours is my favorite video of yours, and every older one is as well. I'd ask how to support your in-depth reviews and commentary of cultural phenomenons, precious moments in natural time, and human emotion if I weren't already on your Patreon, so here's additional support: your work is important to me because of what you decide to talk about, and how deliberately you talk about it. There's a surgical yet loving attention to the details of the stories you tell, and the broader story you weave with them. It's important, in the same way that every good thing is important.
    If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend Maria Popova's Figuring. It's a long essay about hard sciences and the poetry found in the lives of the people who work in these fields, about the world and the universe and the way we are. She talks mainly about space, and when you discussed the ocean as a cosmic vastness, it made me think of that book. You might like it.
    On a minor note, I loved the lighting and colors in your indoor shots here. No idea if you have a new camera or anything like that, but it looks crisp!

    • beyond your imagination
      beyond your imagination Month ago +2

      Finally it's here the clip you all wanted

  • James Shipley
    James Shipley Month ago +1

    Living in Alaska the past 12 years or so, I pretty regularly fly over spots where I can confidently say nobody has ever walked in that exact spot. Wonder what's there?

  • Kaden Altamimi
    Kaden Altamimi Month ago

    I've been keeping Return of the Obra Dinn in my desktop, even though I told myself I would replay the game years later, similar to Outer Wilds, Manifold Garden, and maybe Baba Is You. All of these games are something I can't unsee from my consciousness, which sucks since I'll never get to experience them for the first time. That being said, I can always dive into the visuals of each game. Return of the Obra Dinn is probably my personal favorite of these games, because deep sea stuff, pirates, and intricate ships are badass to me. I think I might revisit it far sooner, because I just can't unpin the fuckin' sights of RotOD.

  • Revan1 Lord
    Revan1 Lord Month ago

    This was amazing! I loved every second of it, the ending song does it justice I feel. I've always had a fascination with the oceans, their depths, and the creatures within. If I had the ability to live for long enough to do it, I'd like to explore every ocean of every world in the ever expanding great void.

  • Holley McGinnis
    Holley McGinnis Month ago

    I'm profoundly afraid of water, the ocean, depths, and darkness, yet even more profoundly fascinated by the same. Thank you for your videos. Clearly you put a ton of effort into them, and I find myself coming back even when the title reveals the subject matter will scare the hell outta me. Bravo.

  • GortysProjekt
    GortysProjekt Month ago +433

    As someone who has both been deeply interested in cryptozoology AND worked as a marine science educator, the question of where to draw the line between enrapturing myth and engrossing science that you describe has been one that I've personally felt. Mystery or discovery, analysis or storytelling. These days I get drawn towards the more scientific side to things, it helps us better protect and understand the world around us as well as how we affect it, but I still like to smile when people ask me if lake monsters exist. I like to think they do :)

  • Scott Frost
    Scott Frost Month ago

    Holy moly I just found this guy yesterday and have been binge watching his previous videos all day. Absolute bangers

  • Rob A
    Rob A Month ago

    What an excellent video! Thank you for taking the time and effort to create and share your interests.
    This video brings to mind another I have seen but it was a non-scripted video and it was of.......well, something.
    In the spirit of sharing stories of undersea mysteries, I would like to describe it, in case anyone has seen the video and has thoughts on it.
    The last major, Japanese tsunami quickly brought forth many video recordings of the terrible event. On one of those many recordings was video of a white blob that came out of the rapidly rising, swirling mass of incoming water and climbed, for lack of a better word, up a wall and over a two or, three story white, wooden building.
    I was going to dismiss it as a fake. No doubt, a creation by someone talented in the ways of video manipulation but with a rather poor sense of timing, in that thousands had just been killed the day or, so before in a most unexpected and horrific, manner.
    I watched that video until it was burned into my memory though, thinking back my first view of that creature may, have performed that psychological feat in its sigularity but I watched it, again and again, regardless.
    It exited the water seemingly, in a panic, each part of its mass not just moving over the wall but propelling itself sidelong and upward, taking a somewhat diagonal approach in its' trajectory while, propelling itself perfectly, over each corner and bend, contorting to stretch, push and pull, all at the same time, in order to accmplish its escape, making both perfect sense and none, at all.
    It moved fast and changed colour and pattern, blending into its' background as it came up, over the wall, impossible to measure as it's shape, in length and width changed all the time. To say two or, three meters long, would be as correct as saying that it was four or, five meters long.
    I don't think anyone would have been able to fake it or, create it but admittedly, I'm not an expert in those things though, I'm not unfamiliar, either.
    I know it should be fake, I simply can't convince myself that it was. I have tried.
    I am an armature astronomer and only once in 50 plus years, have I seen anything, that I couldn't explain through experience or, research.
    I saw a light in the sky do something very strange in that, I couldn't explain the how or, why of it. Not back then and not now. Not if it would save my life, to do so.
    Watching that sea blob gave me the same rather, hard to explain sensation of experiencing something that could not be real yet, made perfect sense.
    Why shouldn't there be living, deep sea blobs that spend most of their existance camouflaged and who if pressed, can move swiftly in a terrestrial environment, in order to save itself?
    Would it be unlikely of us to miss being witness to such a creature if, it can camouflage on the fly if, it spends its life below the 160 foot depth, where the vast majority of recreational divers never pass, for safety purposes? Something that can change its shape possibly, even mimicking, imitating other life forms either flora or, fauna?
    There is a lot more ocean below 160 feet, after all.
    Should anyone know of the video and have a polite comment or, information to share or, better yet have seen different video of similar, undersea lifeforms, I would love to hear your story.
    Thanks for reading and having the patience to get this far. 😀

  • Erick Schuster de Oliveira

    "but what do you do, when a dead god just... washes up on your front doorstep?"
    what a fucking hard-hitting line

  • Takoshi Hitsamaru
    Takoshi Hitsamaru Month ago

    Was expecting to be really tense and scared watching this as someone with Submechnophobia.
    Instead I was taken on an incredible journey through the history of our greatest mystery, the Ocean.
    This video was incredibly well made and I loved all of it, except that bit in Subnautica. Was hoping for a Cthulhu segment, but that's okay XD
    I have to say I really agree with your hypithesis in that the mystery is what gives a thing wonder. We seem entirely too obsessed with knowing and understanding everything, but one day Science might tear away all wonder we have for our world, while I love answers too, perhaps that is too high a price to pay.

  • Floyd Palmer
    Floyd Palmer Month ago +320

    Your use of the journal on the mantle is incredibly effective at creating tension on so many levels. First, there's a pause, which in itself is a classic tension build. But then, there's the fact that you're reading from a book, which means this is something important enough to have been written down. But on top of that still is the fact that YOU'RE reading the book, so your audience knows this has to be something important but unexpected enough that you're making an effort to ensure you get what you say next exactly right. Subtle and ingenious, as is so much that you do!

    • complete video here
      complete video here Month ago

      Here is the full clip : thank me later

  • syaondri
    syaondri Month ago

    this has been an amazing experience! Thanks for the great video :D