There’s no denying that the Bermuda Triangle has an extraordinary reputation. Explanations for tales of ships and aircraft vanishing have been put down to everything from aliens using the triangle as a portal, to the lost city of Atlantis lurking under the waters. Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, the Bermuda Triangle is a fascinating place. Here are a few remarkable facts…
4. It’s colossal, but no one can agree exactly how big
It’s huge. The exact location of the Bermuda Triangle has been subject to much debate. It wasn’t until 1964 that the points of the triangle were given as Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. However, subsequent descriptions of the area’s parameters have widely varied from between 500,000 and 1,510,000 square miles. By all accounts, though, it is a large area of ocean and the Gulf Stream (which flows through it) can cause rapid and dramatic weather changes in the region.
3. Gases could be to blame for lost vessels and aircraft
Methane eruptions might be responsible for the area’s deadly and enigmatic reputation. Explanations of the disappearance of ships and aircraft due to natural phenonema have been put forward. One hypothesis is that enormous underwater explosions of methane gas erupting from drilling or movement under the earth’s surface could cause water to become less dense. This might pull ships down and cause them to sink. The gas might also ignite and blow planes to smithereens in the air.
2. Craft are still going missing today – but should we expect it?
Planes and boats continue to go missing over the Bermuda Triangle. In May 2017 a plane carrying mom Jennifer Blumin and her two young sons, as well as the pilot, disappeared. Debris thought to be from the plane was later discovered. However, it has been pointed out that the area is an incredibly busy shipping lane. The amount of shipwrecks and crashes that occur are arguably only proportionate to the high volume of traffic.
1. It’s been happening for longer than you might think
Reports of strange phenonema in the Bermuda Triangle go as far back as Christopher Columbus. In 1492 when he was sailing to the New World through the Bermuda Triangle, he reported seeing a flame of fire crashing into the ocean. This is thought to have been a meteor. A few weeks later, he recorded in his journal that he saw a light which he could not identify over the ocean. He likened it to “a small wax candle that rose and lifted up.” Possible explanations such as a fireworm or a fishing boat have all been both proposed and dismissed by those speculating as to its cause.