The Bermuda Triangle, also referred to as the Devil’s Triangle, has long been the subject of fascination and intrigue for many. The Bermuda Triangle, the existence of which is not recognized by the US Navy or the US Board on Geographic Names, is a loosely defined area where a number of ships and aircraftshave disappeared. We can thank pop culture for giving attention to possible extraterrestrials and paranormal activity in this region but there have also been many reports and incidents which have brought a lot of attention to this area. According to documented evidence, a significant percentage of the reported incidents were either embellished later on or inaccurately reported in the first place. In 2013, a study was conducted by the World Wide Fund for Nature to identify the 10 Most Dangerous Waters for Shipping. Despite the many claims of lost ships and even airplanes, The Bermuda Triangle did not make the list.
The Bermuda Triangle area is actually a high traffic shipping as well as a heavy fly route for both private and commercial aircrafts. The earliest unusual disappearances were the loss of several ships and planes including five US Navy TBM Avenger bombers called Flight 19. This disappearance was first uncovered by the Miami Herald in 1950 and later by the American Legion Magazine in 1962. In 1964, an article which appeared in Agrosy, dubbed the area ‘The Deadly Bermuda Triangle’ and claimed that the disappearance of Flight 19 and other disappearances were a result of strange activity. Over the following years, the Bermuda Triangle was written about in many major publications and was eventually became known as the Devil’s Triangle.
Those who believe in the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle have attempted to explain the disappearances in the area in many ways. Among the wilder theories are claims that connect the Bermuda Triangle occurrences to the story of Atlantis, UFOs, alien abductions and various other unexplained phenomena. There are quite a few natural theories referring to the area as being an unusual magnetic field having anomalies within the area (unproven); that it has water currents which are actually created by the Gulf Stream; where violent tropical weather and methane hydrates and are able to produce massive bubbles that can actually sink something as large as a ship.
Aside from Flight 19, there have been several notable disappearances and events that took place in the Bermuda Triangle area. There is the story of The Ellen Austin which came across an old ship which disappeared with the prize crew on board. This is not exactly verified as the event took place in 1881 and the records did not confirm the story. The USS Cyclops which was carrying a load of manganese ore went missing with its 309 crew members in 1918. There is no explanation as to why the ship disappeared. Additionally, the Nereus and Proteus, two of Cyclops’ sister ships disappeared in the North Atlantic Ocean during World War II while transporting metallic ore. According to many experts, the ships simply sank due to the highly dense cargo which may have been too much for the ships to carry. There are many other stories of airplanes, yachts and ships disappearing in this area but the majority of them have been explained with evidence or with extremely plausible theories.
According to Lawrence David Kusche, the author of The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved, many of the claimed disappearances in the area were often exaggerated by writers. His research revealed many inconsistencies and inaccuracies of the participants and witnesses of various events. In fact, some stories were presented as mysteries despite clear evidence that proved the contrary. Most disappearance stories left out information that could have easily explained them, simply for the sake of shock value and to give people something to talk about.
So, is The Bermuda Triangle a sinister location that has swallowed up ships, planes and people without a trace? According to many experts, it is actually a manufactured mystery which was created by writers. In fact, even The Coast Guard is skeptical of the Bermuda Triangle incidents as they gather a lot of official information which contradict the mystery authors’ claims. Despite the proven inaccuracies, The Bermuda Triangle continues to be a source of fascination for many. The bottom line is, the next time you see an article, movie or any other content that adds to the ‘mysterious’ element of the Bermuda Triangle, we suggest that you take it ‘with a grain of salt!’