Planes, ships, and people seem to vanish into thin air without a trace. They leave behind no wreckage, no oil slicks, and no clues. But what is to blame? With thousands of miles of unexplored ocean floor, the odd and deadly accidents in and around the Bermuda Triangle may never be truly explained. The Bermuda Triangle is a mystery to mankind because of its inexplicable incidents of mysterious disappearances, its never ending list of possible theories, and its few survivors who have lived to tell the tale.
The Bermuda Triangle is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern coast of the United States. The three points that make up this invisible triangle are Miami, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the island of Bermuda. It has an area of half million to 1.5 million square miles and its sides stretch to 1000 miles in length each (“Bermuda” 2). The Triangle is known by many names such as “The Devil’s Triangle”, “The Triangle of Death”, “The Hoodoo Sea”, and “The Graveyard of the Atlantic” (Berlitz and Valentine, Bermuda 12). With an area this large in the middle of the ocean, one would expect a few strange accounts. However, the numbers of unexplained occurrences are astonishing.
More than 100 planes and ships and more than 1000 lives have been lost in the Triangle (Berlitz and Valentine, Bermuda 1). The U.S. Navy and Air Force are not immune to the phenomena, as thirty-five of their ships and aircrafts were lost in a short period of ten years between 1942 and 1952 (Quasar 31). Many disappeared while in normal radio contact with the control center and gave no indication of trouble; others radioed in as they witnessed strange occurrences such as nonfunctioning instruments, spinning compasses, a yellow and hazy sky, and stating that the ocean “didn’t look right” (Berlitz and Valentine, Bermuda 2). The majority of the disappearances that occurred in the Triangle have left no trace and no indication of what exactly happened to cause the vanishing. Although nautical charts do not acknowledge the area, most mariners do (Cutler 2). Explanations of victims are varied, imaginative, and sometimes supernatural; the chances of hallucination and misapprehension must be taken into account (Berlitz and Valentine, Bermuda 3; Berlitz and Valentine, Without 5 and 6). Thomas Cutler asserts that the supernatural explanations given by witnesses are due to the fact that “Any sailor who has watched the changing moods of the sea, or seen the dancing stars of bioluminescence in a ship’s wake, or heard the ominous wail of the wind in a squall, will be tempted to think of powers beyond those of simple physics. The sailor’s realm is a hauntingly beautiful and sometimes ominous place to live, and work and dream—and wonder” (2). Whether these powerful phenomena are physical or theoretical is still debatable, but the loss of life attached to the Bermuda Triangle is documented fact.
The Bermuda Triangle is famous for its many mysterious incidents of disappearances....