There are eight wonders in this world. Yes, you read that correctly. Eight. The Bermuda Triangle (or the Devil’s Triangle to some), is one of them. We’ve all wondered about it after all – see what I did there! Still, as a teenager in secondary school, I definitely scoured YouTube to single-handedly solve the mystery. The phenomenon has even featured in Steven Spielberg movies, been the subject of conspiracy theories and the topic of a multi-million selling book in 30 different languages. But what’s the deal? Is it even real? Is it home to Atlantis? Mermaids? Or is it a landing station for aliens? So many questions, so little time.
In this article, we try to uncover the truths of the Bermuda Triangle.
So What Is The Bermuda Triangle?
The Bermuda Triangle is a triangular region in the North Atlantic Ocean between the United States of America, Bermuda (duh!) and the Greater Antilles (I.e. the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico). While this isn’t an official region recognised global in world maps, it has been dubbed by secondary school students and conspiracy theorists alike. The area is approximately 1,510,000 square miles. To put that into perspective, that’s the size of India and France put together, which have a combined population of 1.4 billion. Pretty big, right?! An estimated 50 ships and 20 aeroplanes have disappeared from the Bermuda triangle; however, this isn’t an accurate figure since reports only started being recorded from the mid-19th century. It could easily be way more.
Originally, the Triangle became famous after the disappearance of Flight 19, when a fleet of five US Navy TBM Avenger torpedo bombers set flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 5th 1945 to undertake a routine training mission over the area. Shortly after departing, the team lost contact with the base and were never to be heard or seen again. Maybe that was a bit dramatic but it’s horrifying stuff! 14 lives were lost that day. If that doesn’t spook you, well… A PBM-Mariner seaplane additionally took flight on that same night to undergo a search-and-rescue mission for Flight 19; however, vanished off the face of the Earth along with 13 crew members.
It All Started With Columbus
Now, if you think that’s chilling, then you haven’t heard the half of it! During Columbus’ infamous excursion in 1492, where he controversially ‘discovered’ the Americas, the Italian navigator described in his journal to have experienced many strange sightings within the triangle during his stay on the island of Bahamas. He described the stars as mysteriously moving around in the sky above the triangular area. Another strange sighting was a candle-like light moving up and down in the distance but when he brought it to the attention of his crew, the light vanished. On top of that, there was a glowing object coming out of the water and shooting up to the sky. While it may have been another light reflecting from the shore or a passing ship, many have theorised it to be one of the earliest UFO sightings. That’s over 500 years ago!
In addition to this, while he set sail across the Atlantic towards the Bermuda Triangle, the navigator noted that on three occasions, the compass had pointed in the wrong direction – approximately 11 and a quarter degrees off – with no explanation. For someone so experienced in travel, this was highly unusual. The seamen were further startled by the sea level rising despite there being no wind. There were lucky not to be swallowed up by the triangle’s great abyss. Or get ransacked by mermaids! Don’t look at me crazy. Anything is possible with the Bermuda Triangle! What would have been America then? Can you imagine a world without McDonald’s?
Is the Speculation Warranted?
While the Bermuda Triangle is reputable by name, disappearances within the Atlantic Ocean are quite common and the incidence rate of the infamous triangular region is no more than other comparable regions. In general, many ships and aeroplanes enter that area of the ocean commercially so naturally, the numbers will be significant when we’re examining on a percentage basis. As the scientist Karl Kruszelnicki points out, the Bermuda Triangle is near a wealthy part of the world with America for commerce and the Caribbean for produce. This claim is backed up by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), who conducted an extensive study of maritime shipping lanes in 2013 and found that the Bermuda Triangle doesn’t even rank in the top ten most dangerous bodies of water for shipping.
Mr Kruszelnicki additionally offers an explanation for the infamous disappearance of Flight 19 by suggesting that human error was a significant factor. As the story suggests, it was a training session and the pilots weren’t very much experienced, except for Lieutenant Charles Taylor. He even had a checkered history: “[He] arrived with a hangover, flew off without a watch, and had a history of getting lost and ditching his plane twice before,” said Mr Kruszelnicki. A series of radio transcripts further suggest that the Lieutenant’s compass malfunctioned and that he lost his bearings. The Lieutenant additionally overruled a junior, who had suggested they move west, and instead insisted that they fly eastward, where it would be harder for the sunken planes or body to be found further into the Atlantic.
Has Anything Ever Vanished?
In response to the search-and-rescue plane, Kruszelnicki claims that it didn’t vanish and in fact, that there were several witnesses, who attested to the plane blowing up. There was also an oil slick and debris as evidence. The PBM-Mariner seaplanes later gained the nickname ‘flying gas tanks’ and all other aircraft were grounded during the remainder of the naval excursion.
A more sensible explanation for the disappearances that occur in the Bermuda Triangle is the weather. The area is frequently subjected to tropical storms and hurricanes, which may have sent various ships and aeroplanes off course. This includes the Gulf Stream, which is a swift ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico and crosses the Atlantic Ocean at speeds of 5.6 mph. This might not seem that fast but picture a bicycle crashing into you at that speed. It will easily set you off course and may even throw you over. Don’t believe me? Well, meet Ferdi.
Other natural causes are related to the explosive releases of methane gas, which are trapped inside an icy crystalline cage of water molecules under the seabed of the ocean. These explosions subsequently cause the ocean water to bubble as if it was boiling, so creating foam that’s much less dense than the water on which vessels usually float on and causes them to sink. This methane gas can additionally rise to the sky and explode aeroplanes upon contact with hot engine exhaust. Aeroplanes and ships most likely aren’t found because the Milwaukee Depth – the deepest point recorded in the Atlantic Ocean at 27,493 feet is located – in this triangular region.
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