In a Nutshell
Bermuda Triangle is a well-traversed shipping route in the North Atlantic ocean. It covers 270,000 square miles between Florida, the island of Bermuda and Puerto Rico and is referred to as the ‘Devils Triangle”. Since the term ‘Bermuda Triangle’ was first coined in 1964, many believe that the region mysteriously causes ships and planes to simply disappear. It’s no surprise this theory was so popular – after losing a US navy ship with over 300 souls on board, the media spearheaded speculations on what could have happened. The amount of ships and planes lost in the area is not excessive or unsurprising. Almost every disappearance claimed to be a ‘mystery’ has been solved. The area is well known for its adverse weather, with undetectable reef’s and equatorial storms making it dangerous to traverse. Most disappearances have been proven to be caused by these conditions and are not a mystery at all.
The Whole Bushel
Rumours about strange happenings in the Bermuda triangle have been reported throughout time. Chris Columbus reported seeing fire in the water and strange lights in the distance. Many believe that Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’ was inspired by the area. Back in these times, the technology that predicted weather or provided navigation was rudimentary at best. It’s easy to see why the many would believe the area to be extraordinarily dangerous. But to understand why the myths of supernatural interference are unlikely, we must first look at the risks of the region.
Souls of dead slaves pulling ships down to the depths is an unlikely theory. Compasses spinning in circles and confusing navigators has never been proven. In fact, the only reported compass issue was when a pilot mentioned his compass wasn’t operating properly before disappearing. The weather in the Bermuda triangle is dangerous to ships and planes – even in modern times. Reefs are common in the area, and form breakers that are stronger than stone. Deadly to ships, on calm days, it is impossible to see where these breakers lie, and if you hit one, they will easily puncture a hole in metal or wood, causing the boat to sink. During the hurricane season, massive storms in this area are common. Turbulent seas and freak waves threaten to damage or roll ships and yachts, sending them to the deep below. In amounts all this, scientists have theorized that underground caves and currents can create whirlpools that suck ships down below. The latest theory is that microbursts of air (a well-documented phenomenon) are responsible for destroying ships and planes on impact.
Modern day stories first began in 1918 with the disappearance of the USS Cyclops. 306 lives were lost with no communication or distress call. However, the wireless communications in 1918 were shaky at best. It would not be surprising if the ship hit a reef and rapidly sunk before being able to make the call. In 1945, flight 19 disappeared during routine navigation training over the Bermuda triangle. On closer inspection, the navigational leader was mistaken and was heading in the wrong direction. The mistake cost the lives of the students aboard when they ran out of fuel over the ocean. Before the SS Marine Sulphur Queen set off in 1963, officials noted that the vessel was in bad shape and shouldn’t be counted as seaworthy. She didn’t make it to her destination. Countless ‘disappearances’ are easily explainable, but there are a few that have not been proven. The words of Dr Kruszelnicki are firm, stating that there is no mystery to solve and “According to Lloyds of London and the US coast guard, the number of planes that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis”.