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Chiroptophobia – the fear of bats

Chiroptophobia is the irrational fear of bats. People who have this phobia may experience severe episodes of anxiety and panic when they see bats or imagine scenarios that involve these creatures. Some of them avoid visiting caves or going out at night. 

Bats are often feared by individuals because they usually associate them with darkness, vampires, horror movies and believe that they are disease carrying creatures. According to experts, some species of bats were likely responsible for producing COVID-19 disease. 


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Ostraconophobia – fear of shellfish

Ostraconophobia or fear of shellfish, such as lobsters, crabs, squids or crayfish is fairly common in people of all ages. In general, people who suffer from this type of phobia are afraid of these aquatic creatures per se, as well as food poisoning, their texture and taste, and so on. 

However, some people develop this phobia because they are afraid of certain allergies caused by shellfish, even though they have never had this kind of allergy before. 

The truth is that food poisoning is actually a real thing. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people could experience three types of food poisoning, namely paralytic, neurotoxic, and amnestic, but this is a rare phenomenon. So, people who have experienced this before are more likely to develop ostraconophobia as well. 

American professional stock car racing driver, Denny Hamlin, suffered from ostraconophobia. “I have a lobster phobia. I don’t know why. I just don’t like them. I cannot eat dinner if someone beside me is eating lobster. I can’t look at it. So as far as I’m concerned, they need to put it back in the water and let it live,” he added.

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