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Tyra tackles bizarre phobia

Tyra Banks faced her fear of dolphins and killer whales by handling them at an aquarium park recently. The supermodel-turned-talk-show-host suffers from a phobia of sea mammals since having nightmares about them as a child. But for her hit TV show’s phobia special, she braved petting, hugging and kissing dolphins and orcas at California’s Sea World. However, as she sobbed her way through the ordeal, she admitted to her audience, “The fear is not over. I’ve gotten a little past it but there is something that still lives inside me. I think now, when I snorkel, if I do ever see a dolphin, I won’t hyperventilate and swallow water and drown.” [10 February 2006]

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