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• The Bermuda Triangle is a large part of ocean in the North Atlantic that has been the source of many plain- and boat disappearances. • A number of explanations have been suggested over the years ranging from; time warps, extreme weather to alien abductions. • There is substantial evidence to show that many of the disappearances have been exaggerated, but even if those were excluded from the total count, the odds of vanishing into thin air are higher in the Bermuda Triangle then anywhere else. • The Bermuda Triangle is still one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in the world.
8 Bermuda Triangle Facts That Will Overturn Your Belief
The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle dates back to the first voyage of Christopher Columbus.
There is a story that Christopher Columbus’ log records indicate that they saw a large ball of fire fall to the sea. It states that the ship’s compass went chaotic at that point. Although it is said that this story happened in the Bermuda Triangle, it actually happened at the Canary Islands right before the ship set sail.
The name “Bermuda Triangle” is not even recognized!
One of the most mysterious places on Earth, The Bermuda Triangle is not even located on any map or in any database! The US Navy does not have any record of it, nor does the US Board of Geographic names recognize it. People around the world have attributed unexplained disappearances to the Bermuda Triangle, but documentation has claimed that the incidents were inaccurately reported, or exaggerated by later authors. The Bermuda Triangle is not even listed in the 10 most dangerous shipping waters created by the World Wide Fund for Nature.
No formal study has been undertaken to investigate the Bermuda Triangle!
Only private investigations have been done to uncover the disappearances within the triangle. Since there has not been a formal study, it is imperative that you weigh the evidence against the reliability of the source. There are many theories and ideas about alleged disappearances such as methane gas knocking captains unconscious, the magnetic pull of the Bermuda Triangle, or 80 foot waves of destruction. However, none of these theories have been scientifically proven.
The Bermuda Triangle is not even a triangle!
The Bermuda Triangle is not on any map because it does not have any actual location, therefore the shape of the actual area remains uncertain. The idea that it is shaped like a triangle is based on the fact that many believe it to be the area between Miami, San Juan, and Bermuda which makes somewhat of a triangle. The actual shape remains as vague as its location because it is an imaginary location founded on lore.
Magnetic north and true north are location specific, Bermuda Triangle is no exception!
Many people have claimed that compass problems have been the cause of many incidents within the Bermuda Triangle. Scientists have not found any magnetic anomalies that will cause a compass to go haywire in the suggested area. Another bit of confusion comes from the fact that compasses have natural magnetic variations related to the magnetic poles in the Earth dependent on one’s location. Only in a few places are the magnetic north and true north exactly the same. Ship navigators have known this for centuries, but the general public has been ill-informed.
Rivers within the ocean can cause aircraft to have a difficult time landing.
The Gulf Stream is one of these rivers. It is a current on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean that is directed by the reaction the surface water has to the change of temperature. This particular current flows from the Gulf of Mexico through the Straits of Florida and into the North Atlantic. This can definitely cause a small plane to be carried away as it has a speed of approximately 5.6 miles per hour.
Destructive hurricanes at sea can sink even the mightiest ships.
Extremely powerful storms known as tropical cyclones are regular occurrences in the Atlantic Ocean. They have been the cause of thousands of lives being lost and billions of dollars in damages. Several of the incidents that are said to have been caused by the Bermuda Triangle have actually been caused by these powerful storms. A downdraft of cold air hitting the warm North Atlantic Ocean can cause severe power that causes a bomb like explosion in the water.
Mud volcanoes can quickly sink a large ship.
The myth of methane gases that cause the crew to fall unconscious may lie in the methane hydrates that exist across the bottom of the ocean on continental shelves. The results of experiments done in Australian labs have proven that enough bubbles can be created to affect the buoyancy of a ship, causing it to quickly sink. The methane hydrates are commonly called mud volcanoes and spew natural gas.
A Brief History
On December 5, 1945, a flight of U.S. Navy TBM Avenger torpedo flew into history, providing grist for the paranormal mill that the Bermuda Triangle became!
The training flight of Avengers took off from Naval Air Station (NAS) Ft. Lauderdale at around 1410 hours (military time) for a routine navigation training flight. Oddly, although necessary for over water navigation (remember, maps would not help!) each airplane was missing its clock. Assuming the pilots had wrist watches, the flight took off as normal. Things seemed to be going as planned, with a practice bomb drop about 64 miles east of the air station, with routine radio traffic heard.
Then, at about 1540 hours the first sign of trouble appeared, when one of the Avengers radioed that he was lost and both of the plane’s compasses were broken. During the next 2 and a half hours a series of transmissions were made back and forth with the flight with the NAS recommending various courses for the planes to take and the pilots reporting that they were still lost. After 1904 hours, no further contact with the flight was made. That last radio transmission was the chilling instructions from the flight leader to the flight that they should keep close together and they would ditch their planes when the first plane’s fuel dipped to only 10 gallons. During this saga, the weather had steadily worsened, making a water landing a shaky proposition.
Meanwhile, a PBY Catalina Navy patrol plane and 2 PBM Mariner patrol planes were sent searching for the lost flight in an effort to lead them back to the air station or at least spot where they ditched. Not only did they never see any sign of the lost flight, but on top of it one of the PBM’s disappeared with no word of trouble and no wreckage found, compounding the mystery and forever furthering the legend. Not only had 5 torpedo bombers and 1 patrol plane disappeared, but also never found were the 14 airmen that manned the bombers and the 13 men on the patrol plane.
The Navy’s investigation of the incidents found (inconclusively) that the probable cause of the Avengers’ loss was due to getting lost because of the broken compasses. The investigation also found that the probable cause of the PBM’s loss was due to an explosion on board which would account for no radio transmission of trouble. In the area where the PBM should have been was seen a fiery explosion of unknown origin that the Navy concluded had been the PBM blowing up.
Certainly, nobody today knows exactly what happened, but that sure did not stop the rumor mill from spewing fantastic tales of “radio transmissions” about space ships and stories of alien abduction. No such transmissions were made, but that never stopped conspiracy theorists! In the movie, Close Encounters of the third Kind (1974), the crews of the missing flight are shown being returned to earth by an alien space ship. Numerous other cultural references and allusions are made to this incident and it has become a standard of the Bermuda Triangle myth.
The incident described above ranks 9th on a list of “Top 10 Unexplained Disappearances“. Not surprisingly, it has baffled many for the past 68 years.
HMS Friday – The Pseudoscience Bullshit Behind the Bermuda Triangle
by Mark Lukach
In honor of Bermuda Week here at Scuttlefish, it’s time to tackle the mother of all ocean oddities: the Bermuda Triangle.Christopher Columbus claims to have seen UFOs when he was sailing through the Bermuda Triangle. 5 US Navy bomber planes disappeared in the Triangle during World War II, known as Flight 19. Spielberg made a movie out of it. Raymond Schuessler, a master chronicler of the ocean, puts the number of lost ships at over 100 and lost sailors at 1,000…and that only covers a 30 year period after World War II.
The big, big, big, big, big question to explore is obvious: what the hell is going on in the Bermuda Triangle?
The Bermuda Triangle’s coordinates are generally considered at Bermuda (duh), Miami, and Puerto Rico. But in truth, many authors who have tackled the topic are generous in what they’re willing to call the Triangle. Some of their maps don’t even end up looking like triangles. So it’s like the Bermuda Polygon, which doesn’t have the same ring as the Triangle.
There’s no consensus as to the geographic borders of the Bermuda Triangle. Great. That’s some nice foreshadowing for just how jumbled the different theories for the Triangle can get.
Next, a history of the paranoia.
The first convincing article that really hyped the bizarre nature of the Bermuda Triangle appeared in Fate magazine in 1952, and was written by a guy who wasn’t willing to use his real name. (He called himself George X.) He heavily referenced Flight 19’s disappearance, and was the first guy to actually map out the triangle.
While a few other articles popped up in the 1950s and 1960s, it wasn’t until the 1970s that writers and researchers really worked themselves up into a frenzy. The vast majority of these authors wholeheartedly and unabashedly pursued paranormal theories, and the more they dug, the more strange stories they uncovered. Or so they thought.
Captain Buzzkill, also known as Larry Kusche, arrived on the scene in 1975 and methodically closed the door on all such speculation. His book, The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved, carefully examined every sensational disappearance, and using his research, Kusche essentially rejected all preceding claims regarding the Triangle. First off, he looked to newspapers from the time surrounding each disappearance, and often found that the boats that were believed to have disappeared, actually showed up at a later time at a distant port. The sensationalist writers hadn’t gone the extra step to see if the disappearances might just be a long case of getting lost. Also, he finds drastic exaggeration in eyewitness reports.
His basic conclusion, while a disappointment to those of us who love a good unsolved mystery, is that the Bermuda Triangle is actually no more dangerous than any other area in the ocean. Boats sink everywhere, and the amount of traffic in the Triangle is looked at in proportion to how often boats disappear, he concluded that boats sink at a pretty normal rate in the Triangle.
Since Kusche’s book came out, major institutions like the US Coast Guard, the Navy, and NOAA have backed his conclusions. There is no mystery. It was all a big hype.
But still. Let’s look at some of those wacky theories, just because they’re kind of awesome, and there are plenty of people who still subscribe to them.
UFOs and Aliens
This is by far my favorite theory. Hands-down. The most bizarre. There’s two approaches to this one, but they both rely upon the idea that there are aliens out there.
-The first UFO theory believes that a UFO crashed into the Bermuda triangle, and has set up an underwater base. When ships pass through, they often get sucked under water by the aliens, who want to conduct all sorts of tests. Think probes.
-The other one is that there is a space-time gap located in the Bermuda Triangle that is a result of UFO activity and communication with earth. This one lends itself a bit more to the idea behind the island in LOST. If a boat passes through at the wrong time, it actually passes through that space-time continuum, and gets sent who the hell knows where, or when. Awesome.
Talk about another huge can of worms to open here, but many theorists believe that the lost continent of Atlantis is actually buried in the Bermuda Triangle. According to the myths surrounding Atlantis, the inhabitants derived their energy from crystals. Yes, you read that right, crystals. Not sure how sustainable magical crystals are as an energy source, but whatever. So anyway, if Atlantis sunk into the Caribbean, that means those crazy crystals are down there too. A few scuba divers who conveniently forgot their cameras claim to have found architectural remains that look human-designed on the seafloor in the Triangle, which gives backing to their idea that Atlantis sunk here. Others believe that a series of submerged rocks located of Bimini Island (near Florida) are an ancient port from Atlantis. But either way, the fact that Atlantis is under the ocean means that there’s magic crystals there too, and that those crystals are pulling people and boats into the ocean.
Compasses Gone Wild
One of the most oft-cited occurrences in the Bermuda Triangle is that compass needles start to spin like crazy, which would imply some bizarre magnetic qualities somewhere underwater. Up until a few decades ago, the Bermuda Triangle was also claimed to be one of the few places where compasses actually point to true north, rather than magnetic north. (That has since been explained away by science.) But the bizarre behavior of compasses has actually turned out to be a fairly infrequent phenomena after all, one of the many exaggerations that Kusche came across.
This one is actually kind of scientific, but still a stretch. Located in various locations under the earth’s surface are massive deposits of methane gas. When they are under water, seismic activity causes the methane to bubble up to the surface, which changes the density of the water. So if there was enough activity underwater to release a whole bunch of methane, then bubbles could rise to the surface suddenly, and drastically change the water’s density…enough to sink a ship without warning. This actually is feasible. So it’s kind of a realistic theory. The only drawback is that while the Bermuda Triangle does have undersea methane, its concentration is not particularly high, like in other parts of the world….places that are not associated with disappearances.
The Bermuda Triangle is in the heart of hurricane country. The unpredictability of hurricanes, and their ferocious power, makes sea travel in the region dangerous. So it’s not illogical to think that weather could cause so much damage. As to why ships would disappear without a trace? Not sure that’s quite explained by weather.
People Can Be Dumb
Probably the most pervasive, scientific explanation for why ships disappear in this area is that people can make stupid mistakes, whether they be with instruments judgment calls. Misreading charts. Thinking you can out-race a storm. This theory is actually the most supported one out there. That the Bermuda Triangle is a place where people make dumb, fatal mistakes.
In conclusion, it seems like the most reasonable view on the Bermuda Triangle is that it’s nothing too exceptional. And yet, the chatter about the bizarre nature of the region continues.