The Bermuda Triangle has long been shrouded in mystery. Many believe that it is a mysterious geographical area that is shaped like a triangle. It is said that the Bermuda Triangle is located off the South-Eastern Coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean. The mysterious area is supposedly bound by Miami, San Juan, and the North-Atlantic island of Bermuda. However, the boundaries of the Bermuda Triangle tend to change from source to source.
It is generally believed that the first man to notice the peculiarities of the Bermuda Triangle was Christopher Columbus. During his journey to the New World he apparently witnessed a great flame of fire crash into the sea. A few weeks later, he saw a strange light flashing in the distance. Columbus then logged that when he looked down at his compass he noticed that it was acting weirdly and that its readings did not make any sense. However, not wanting to alert his crew, he kept quiet about the whole incident. A few days later the crew finally noticed a strange light in the distance themselves. Terrified, they threatened to return to Spain. So Columbus was extremely happy he did not tell his crew about the odd light and the weird behavior of the compass he had witnessed before.
The idea of the Bermuda Triangle became truly popular only in the 20th century. Following the popularity of the Bermuda Triangle, any ship or airplane accident that occurred in or near the area has been attributed to supernatural forces.
15. The Term “Bermuda Triangle” Was First Used In 1964
It was only in 1964 that the term “Bermuda Triangle” was coined. The name was invented by a writer named Vincent H. Gaddis and the term first appeared in the men’s pulp magazine Argosy. In the article, Gaddis claimed that several ships and airplanes disappeared without a trace in that specific area. The following year Gaddis included the article on the Bermuda Triangle in his book Invisible Horizons: True Mysteries of the Sea. The book also had new material on the Bermuda Triangle, such as nine mysterious disappearances that could not be explained. The book was quite sensational and soon various newspapers and magazines all over the country were publishing articles on the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. However, the “Bermuda Triangle” truly gained international popularity after the linguist and language teacher named Charles Berlitz wrote the bestseller “The Bermuda Triangle” in 1974.
14. Mysterious Disappearances
Everyone knows that the Bermuda Triangle is accountable for countless of mysterious disappearances of both ships and aircraft. The most famous disappearance has to be that of Flight 19, a training squadron of U.S. Navy Torpedo Bombers. Fourteen crewmen left for Florida on December 5th, 1945 and after sending a few distressed messages, disappeared. That same day, a seaplane PBM Mariner BuNo 59225 with thirteen airmen was sent in search of Flight 19. It also disappeared without a trace. It was said that the patrol leader of Flight 19 attempted to skip the flight that day because he was feeling ill.
These two disappearances were so mysterious and so notorious they were often used when recounting the Bermuda Triangle legend in the 1960s and 1970s.
13. Recent Disappearances
When we think about the Bermuda Triangle disappearances, most of us tend to think of the really old and famous incidents, such as Flight 19 or USS Cyclops. But the Bermuda Triangle is still active and ships and airplanes continue to go missing today. In 2003, for example, a newlywed couple Frank and Romina Leone went fishing on their new 16-foot boat. They left from the Boynton Beach inlet in Florida never to be seen again. The search and rescue operation team gave up after searching the sea for several days.
In 2008, an airplane with 12 people on board left Santiago and headed for New York. Thirty-five minutes into the flight, it fell off the radar. A huge search operation was organized but no traces of the aircraft or the passengers were found.
Finally, in 2015, the cargo ship SS El Faro left Florida and was on its way for Puerto Rico with 33 crew members on board. During the trip, the ship was engulfed by a hurricane and all communications went silent. After extensive searching, the ship was finally found in the Atlantic a couple of weeks later. However, there was no trace of crew members.
12. Various Mystical Theories
Many explanations have been put forward to try and make sense of the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. Some, for example, claim that ships and planes that disappear in the Bermuda Triangle end up in the anti-matter world. This supposedly happens when a ‘split’ in one world comes close to a ‘split’ in another world. According to the theory’s proponents, the Bermuda Triangle is a supernatural corridor that is used by spiritual beings of other dimensions.
Others say that ships and planes travelling in the Bermuda Triangle disappear into the past or the future. Still others say that the Bermuda Triangle is an inter-dimensional doorway that’s used by aliens.
However, the most bizarre theory must be the theory suggesting that there is a huge crystal pyramid lying 2,000 meters below the Bermuda Triangle. According to this theory, it is this crystal pyramid that causes the disappearance of ships and planes in the area.
11. Scott Stones – Evidence Of Atlantis?
In a 2005 sci-fi channel documentary on the Bermuda Triangle, researcher David Childress explored peculiar underwater artifacts known as Scott Stones. Childress and other researchers believe that these stones are linked to the legendary lost island of Atlantis. According to some, during the last ice age Atlantis was a thriving civilization. However, when the ice age ended, the polar ice caps melted causing sea levels to rise and in turn, sink Atlantis.
The American Christian mystic Edgar Cayce stated that the Bahama Banks were the last part of Atlantis to sink. He also claimed that lost elements of Atlantis would rise in 1968 and 1969. Coincidence or not, but in 1968 the Bimini Wall or Road, composed of Scott Stones, was discovered. Childress claimed that the electromagnetic anomalies in the Bermuda Triangle are linked to still active advanced technologies under the water in the Bermuda Triangle.
10. Natural Explanations
Others don’t buy the various mystical theories that are out there. Instead, they opt to explain the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle with natural explanations, such as hurricanes and gulf streams. It is known that hurricanes have been responsible for thousands of accidents and unnecessary deaths in the Bermuda Triangle. Similarly, gulf streams are also dangerous and account for many accidents. Planes that are making water landings and boats that have engine problems are often carried away from their reported positions by the current. Freak waves is another natural phenomenon that is the cause of many accidents. Freak waves are huge waves that appear out of nowhere even in calm seas. Due to ocean currents, freak waves may occur in certain areas more often than in others.
9. Latest Theory – Hexagonal Clouds
The latest theory explaining the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle is that of hexagonal clouds. The strange theory was proposed after meteorologists that were looking at satellite images of coastal clouds above the North Atlantic Ocean noticed strange hexagonal patterns in the clouds.
According to proponents of this theory, hexagonal clouds create “air-bombs”. These are blasts of air that swoop down from the cloud and hit the ocean, oftentimes creating waves that are huge in size. Some believe these “air-bombs” could possibly force winds to move at over 170 miles per hour. The newest theory lacks a lot of hard evidence and can’t explain how and why these hexagonal clouds are formed. Plus, according to NASA, hexagonal clouds occur regularly under certain conditions in the mid-latitudes.
8. Bruce Gernon And The Strange Electronic Fog
Bruce Gernon’s experience of the Bermuda Triangle is well known. It all began when Bruce was flying to Bimini with his father. All was going well until they encountered a strange “electronic fog”. Gernon described the fog as a “strange cloud with almost perfectly round edges hovering over the Miami shore”. They tried to avoid it. And they thought they did. But soon Gernon and his father realized that they were in actual fact flying towards the fog, not away from it. And even more weirdly, the fog had turned into a peculiar tunnel. Their navigation systems stopped working and they could not see a thing. The mysterious fog not only interrupted their travel but also carried them off course in a fraction of the time it normally should have. The ATC operators contacted them promptly, saying that Gernon was flying over Miami Beach. This was strange: they had spent only 45 minutes in the air when it should have taken them about 75 minutes to reach their present location.
7. Skeptics’ Theories
Skeptics claim that the Bermuda Triangle is nothing more than an urban legend. They claim that when original sources or people for various mystical stories regarding the Bermuda Triangle are investigated, much of the mystery disappears. Various researchers such as Ernest Taves have come to the conclusion that the Bermuda Triangle is still promoted widely worldwide because mysteries and the paranormal are extremely popular among people, not to mention, profitable. As a result, tons of material on various mysteries such as the Bermuda Triangle is produced yearly. Magazines, books and TV specials all gain to profit from it. However, it has been found that material promoting the Bermuda Triangle and its mysteries is often inaccurate and misleading. However, according to skeptics, people would much rather read these sensational stories than well-researched material that denounces the Bermuda Triangle.
6. Conspiracy Theory, Government Testing, And Government Cover-Ups
According to some, the government has a testing base that is located in the Bermuda Triangle. The testing center is supposedly called “The Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center” (AUTEC) but also goes by the name “Underwater Area 51”. It is located right in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, on the Bahamas’ Andros Island. It’s a top secret facility and its mission is not known to the public. It is said that AUTEC is a place where the Navy tests weapons and subs. However, some claim that it is there that the government also works with extraterrestrials. According to the proponents of this theory, AUTEC is in actual fact a testing ground for reverse-engineered alien technology. Apparently, many UFO’s have been reported in AUTEC’s vicinity over the years.
5. Shakespeare’s Tempest Is Believed To Be Based On A True Bermuda Triangle Story
It is widely believed that Shakespeare’s play the “Tempest” was inspired by an actual accident that occurred in the Bermuda Triangle. The actual event was this: in 1609, the English ship, Sea Venture, set sail from Plymouth towards Jamestown in Virginia. The ship was part of a seven-fleet ship that was on its way to establish and maintain an English settlement. The fleet was made up of around 500 to 600 people. During the journey, a huge storm began and the ships became separated. Some of the ships sank. The Sea Venture, however, ran aground in the Bermuda Islands after battling the stormy seas for hours. But the report that reached England stated that the Sea Venture had sunk and that all aboard were dead. It was only the following year that people back in England learned that the seamen had in actual fact survived. Many pamphlets recording the incident were published and it is believed that Shakespeare read them attentively and even used some phrases that were included in the Bermuda pamphlets.
4. The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved
Lawrence Kusche, a librarian at the Arizona State University, became intrigued with the mysterious stories of the Bermuda Triangle. To satisfy his curiosity he decided to start his own investigation. His investigation included a thorough follow-up on the original reports on the Bermuda Triangle, as well as thorough investigation of the book that truly sparked the Bermuda Triangle hype. The book was called The Bermuda Triangle and was written by Charles Berlitz.
Kusche eventually published his research in 1975 in a book called The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved. Kusche found that there were many inconsistencies between Berlitz’s accounts and witness testimonials. He also noted that late-arriving information from witnesses went unreported. Furthermore, a large number of mysterious incidents included in Berlitz’s book actually happened well outside the Bermuda Triangle area.
3. Marine Insurance Denies That Many Ships Have Sunk In The Bermuda Triangle
During the filming of the UK Channel 4 1992 programme The Bermuda Triangle, Lloyd’s of London, the marine insurance market located in London, was interviewed. They were asked if they believed that an unusual amount of ships had sunk in the Bermuda Triangle area. Lloyd’s of London answered determinedly that an unusual amount of ships did not sink in the Bermuda Triangle area. They added that the number of ships that do sink the area is no different than the number of ships that sink in other areas. Lloyd’s of London also said that contrary to the popular belief, they do not charge higher insurance rates for ships passing through the Bermuda Triangle area or for ships that stay in the area during their entire career.
2. The Coast Guard Also Deny The Existence Of The Bermuda Triangle
The United States Coast Guard also does not think that the Bermuda Triangle poses a threat to ships. According to them, the Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a mythical geographical area. Thus, the Coast Guard does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as a geographic area of specific hazard. No evidence has been unearthed that would suggest that accidents that occurred in the Bermuda Triangle were the result of extraordinary factors. As such, the Coast guard deny the possibility of supernatural explanation for accidents that occur in the area. They even state that human error and forces of nature outdo science fiction by a long shot. Plus, they have often come into contact with false reports. For example, in 1972, after the explosion and sinking of SS V.A. Fogg, the Coast Guard photographed the wreckage and even recovered some bodies. This contrasted significantly with one report written by the Bermuda Triangle propagate which claimed that all bodies had vanished, except for that of the captain who was supposedly found sitting at his desk, clutching a coffee mug.
1. The Bermuda Triangle Was Not Included On A List Of World’s Most Dangerous Oceans
A 2013 study made a list of the most dangerous seas in the world. As surprising as it may be (to those who believe in the Bermuda Triangle at least) the Bermuda Triangle did not make the cut. But South China Sea, the East Indies, the east Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the North Sea, and the British Isles did. In fact, it was determined that those areas where many shipping accidents occurred, harming both human and marine life. It has also been reported that ocean traffic has increased enormously worldwide and that the problem is especially serious in Southeast Asia. In fact, during the last decade the South China Sea has been reported to have had more shipping accidents than any other ocean or sea in the world.