The Bermuda triangle is one of those mysteries which has had me intrigued since I was a child. I mean who hasn't heard of the Bermuda triangle? There is a plethora of books, documentaries, articles, news segments, and the likes all delving into the mysteries surrounding disappearances of aircraft and sea vessels in the same spot. Is it aliens? Is it the lost city of Atlantis? Is it some sort of portal or vortex? Is it the magnetic effect? Let's look into some of the mysteries surrounding the Bermuda Triangle.
The Bermuda Triangle is a section of the North Atlantic Ocean off North America. In a specific area, over 50 ships and 20 aeroplanes have disappeared under mysterious circumstances (although this number increases significantly depending on who the source is - my source was Britannica Encyclopedia). Although the boundaries of this area are not set in stone or universally agreed upon, the area roughly takes the shape of a triangle. Each side is represented by the Atlantic coast of Florida panhandle, Bermuda, and the Greater Antilles. It has been nicknamed the 'Devils' Triangle' and is considered by many to be one of the most mysterious places in the world! After many strange events, in 1964 Vincent H Gaddis came up with the term Bermuda Triangle in an article he wrote highlighting the pattern of the strange disappearances in the area. The phenomena of the Bermuda Triangle was born.
What makes this area of the sea so significant is the sheer number of unexplained disappearances in a stretch of sea which is part of one of the busiest shipping routes in the World. Vessels cross through every day either traveling to Europe, America or the Caribbean.
In 1918, one of the Navy's largest fuel ships carrying a crew of just over 300 sailors disappeared in the triangle. It was travelling between the West Indies and Baltimore with tons and tons of dence manganese on board used for steel making. Communication didn't reveal anything unusual. The ship quietly disappeared. It was never found. No remains and no bodies. No distress calls or signals. No definite cause was ever found for its disappearance. Some speculated that perhaps that it was targeted by a German submarine as an act of war, yet research has indicated that there were not likely any German vessels in the area at the time. Another theory is that the crew who were used to carrying a lighter load of manganese in previous missions were not used to the weight of the vessel and that a large wave could have toppled the ship. There is also the theory that Captain George W Worley who months earlier had been reported by crew to be drunk and unsuitable to steer the ship could have been behind the disappearance. Some of the more stranger claims have been that a giant Octopus rose from the ocean, wrapped its tentacles around the ships, and pulled it into the sea without a trace or that it is a special magnetic field set up by aliens and the ship was still there, but in a different dimension that we could not see.
On October 8th, 1492, Christopher Columbus was sailing through the area on his first voyage to discover the New World. In his logs, he noticed that his compass was displaying strange readings. He didn't alert his crew so as not to cause panic. 3 days later he wrote that he saw a great flame of fire fall into the water from the sky and that a few weeks later he also saw a strange light in the distance.
Owned and operated by British South American Airlines, the Star Tiger disappeared without a trace over the region on January 30 1948 with 31 passengers on board. The loss of aircraft remains unsolved with again no distress calls. This was one of the catalysts to help create the legend that surrounds the Bermuda triangle which was at its peak during the 1950s and 1960s.
The Bermuda triangle is in many ways is often associated with aliens and UFOs. Some believe that the vessels and aircraft are taken by aliens while others believe there is a secret alien base underneath the area in the depths of the sea. A lot of pilots have reported strange lights within the area and claim to have lost time (a typical phenomenon associated with abductions).
People have also speculated this area could be the home of the 'Lost City of Atlantis' (which we don't know if it even existed in the first place.). Atlantians who would have lived in this civilization supposedly had very advanced alien-like technology that they speculate could still be active on the ocean floor and they believe explain these disappearances. While there is no evidence to back up this claim of advanced technology, in 1970 Dr. Ray Brown was scuba diving in the Bahamas near the Bari Islands and claims he saw a pyramid-like structure. Upon swimming inside he found it was free of coral and algae and illuminated by a light source he could not trace. In the very centre of the pyramid was a sculpture of human hands holding a large crystal sphere. There was also a red gem attached to the end of a brass rod. He removed the crystal sphere as 'proof' of his amazing discovery. It has largely been thought to be a hoax, although there are many people who believe it to be real. The pyramid has never been found.
Some people believe it acts like some sort of time portal or vortex sucking a vessel or aircraft from the sea in a type of space-time rift. A lot of people have claimed to have experienced what is described as an electronic fog which causes them to experience a lapse in time. Mr. Bruce Gernon claimed he lost approximately 28 minutes while flying over the Bermuda triangle. His base recorded the plane went off the radar and reemerged at Miami beach seconds later. He himself did not notice any change in the atmosphere or the scenery. Other people have also reported that the triangle has its own biosphere which produces its own weather system including tornados that are not predicted in the area.
Scientists however believe there are natural explanations to the mysteries of the triangle. Compasses reportedly go wild within the triangle for a very natural reason related to the Earth's magnetic field which is called 'The Magnetic Effect'.
First, the "Devil's Triangle" is one of the two places on earth that a magnetic compass does point towards true north. Normally it points toward magnetic north. The difference between the two is known as compass variation. The amount of variation changes by as much as 20 degrees as one circumnavigates the earth. If this compass variation or error is not compensated for, a navigator could find himself far off course and in deep trouble.
US Coast Guard
It is suspected that vessels could be easily lost at sea if not navigated by someone who knows what they are doing. This seems to be in line with the strange compass readings Christopher Columbus reported in his logs. The US Navy also reports that the number of incidents is normal for such a busy stretch of sea and that hundreds of vessels pass through each day without any problems. Rogue waves have also been captured on satellites in the area measuring over 30 meters. Given the depths and terrain of the sea, they feel this sort of event would make it impossible to find remains. While the more famous cases are well documented, certain details in some were left out such as large storms reported in the area at the same time. A lot of the other cases seem to be fictional and written for books or speculated in documentaries as with a lot of fact-checking it was found that some cases were not historically recorded at all. Perhaps the legend of the triangle became its own sort of monster made from myth.
The triangle has long been debated for decades and will continue to do so with its popularity and tall tales. So what do you think? do think the triangle has supernatural powers or is it just a bad stretch of the sea?
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