Legends of the Bermuda Triangle
Where Is the Bermuda Triangle Located?
The legendary Bermuda Triangle is a place where both ships and planes have disappeared with no sign of ever being found again. Some believe there is a mystery in this area that we have yet to discover, others believe it is all nonsense. The Bermuda Triangle gets its name due to the triangular area it covers. One point begins at the very tip of the coast of Florida and reaches across covering the entire Caribbean Islands, as well as the Bahamas in a triangular fashion. The second tip touches Puerto Rico and the third touches Bermuda. This area is so feared that some even refer to it as the "devil's triangle."
Theories Behind Mysterious Disappearances
Probably the most outlandish, but most widely believed reason for these strange disappearances is because they believe that the Bermuda Triangle contains an entrance to another dimension. This belief was started due to sightings of peculiar swirling lights. This sighting is also often identified with a sound, and what is referred to as an "electronic fog" that causes electronic equipment to fail.
Some dismiss the other dimension theory and believe that there is contact with aliens through this area. A few people who were lost at sea or plane in this area shared stories of aliens or alien experiences. They would claim they were told they had entered a parallel universe, which actually pulls both theories together into one possibility of belief.
A third belief that is similar to the first one is a portal that allows time travel. They believe that something that is happening in this area is called slipstreaming. Even Einstein, who was not a dummy, believed that time travel was a possibility through this method. Although whether he had ever heard of the triangle or not is unknown.
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Compasses Stop Working and Other Phenomena
One of the most peculiar things that frequently happens in this area is that compasses stop working. Some believe the reason for this is because of an unusual magnetic force in this area. The strange part is that many have investigated this area and have yet to find an unusual source of a magnetic field that would explain such a confusion to a compass.
The military also has experienced this phenomenon several times as they make flights over this area. Not only will their equipment stop detecting the aircraft that flies over this area, but people who are watching the planes flying will also lose sight of them. Then, spontaneously, the planes will reappear.
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The Log of Christopher Columbus Supporting Strange Phenomena
The Bermuda Triangle is not a relatively new belief, in fact, the first experience with possible paranormal experience in this area can be dated back to the logs of Christopher Columbus on his accidental journey to America. In his journals, he reports that he had compass failure, as well as seen dancing lights. Here is one excerpt from his journals:
The land was first seen by a sailor (Rodrigo de Triana), although the Admiral at ten o'clock that evening standing on the quarter-deck saw a light, but so small a body that he could not affirm it to be land; calling to Pero Gutierrez, groom of the King's wardrobe, he told him he saw a light, and bid him look that way, which he did and saw it; he did the same to Rodrigo Sanchez of Segovia, whom the King and Queen had sent with the squadron as comptroller, but he was unable to see it from his situation. The Admiral again perceived it once or twice, appearing like the light of a wax candle moving up and down, which some thought an indication of land. But the Admiral held it for certain that land was near...
Nowadays, they believe they may have truly been seeing the land, and the compass problem was not really a compass issue. They believe it was an error of the sailors traveling with Christopher Columbus based on a false reading of the stars.
Although Christopher Columbus did not point to the paranormal for the peculiar happenings in this area. The first time paranormal activity was suggested was by George X. Sand in Fate magazine in 1952. He wrote an article entitled, Sea Mystery At Our Back Door. He wrote about Flight 19 that went missing. Before it was lost, the flight leader said, "We are entering white water, nothing seems right. We don't know where we are, the water is green, no white." This was his last words ever heard. Later Vincent Gaddis wrote a book about Flight 19, expanding on some of these paranormal beliefs. It was entitled Invisible Horizons.
What the Skeptics Believe
Many who discard the paranormal as a possibility for the frequent loss of planes and ships attribute the loss to more common very natural sources such as hurricanes or methane gas. Apparently, in this area, there are areas called Methane Hydrates, and in these areas, methane bubbles come to the surface. It has been proven that when a bubble comes to the surface, it briefly changes the density of the water and can change the buoyancy of the ship in that area. This could cause the ship to sink without warning. This same change can disrupt the sky as well, causing planes to suddenly lose lift in the air due to these abrupt changes in the water and the air's density. Ironically in 1981, scientists investigated this possibility and published a journal stating that there have been no large methane releases in this area over the past 15,000 years!
Were the Disappearances Exaggerated?
Just like any legend, many of the stories were embellished and few can be believed to be 100 percent truth. As the stories spread they get more outlandish. Statistically, the same percentage of aircraft and ships have been reported as lost in this area as any other part of the ocean. This area is a very heavily traveled area for cargo ships, cruise ships, and planes; therefore, there are a lot more reports of missing crafts in this area only because of the large amount that travels here.
Lawrence David Kusche, author of The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved in 1975, expressed great cynicism towards these beliefs and later wrote a book discussing the embellishments and inaccuracies regarding Flight 19. He shows how not only were the disappearances exaggerated, but often times when a boat would be reported as lost at sea, its eventual recovery would not be posted in the statistics. Then there were some that were completely false such as a 1939 disappearance that occurred in front of hundreds of people. Despite its amazing occurrence, there is no newspaper report of this during that time.
- The Bermuda Triangle, Columbus, Devil's Triangle, Columbus, Famous Triangles - Crystalinks. Accessed February 28, 2018. http://www.crystalinks.com/bermuda_triangle.html.
© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz