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Legends of the Bermuda Triangle

Angela is a lover of the supernatural and Greek mythology. Although naturally skeptical, she loves hearing theories of the unknown.

The Bermuda Triangle is located from Florida to Bermuda to Puerto Rico.

The Bermuda Triangle is located from Florida to Bermuda to Puerto Rico.

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 solve; others believe it is all nonsense. The Bermuda Triangle gets its name from the triangular area it covers. One point begins at the very tip of the coast of Florida and reaches across the Caribbean Islands and the Bahamas in a triangular fashion. The second tip touches Puerto Rico, and the third touches Bermuda—this comprises the "devil's triangle."

Theories Behind Mysterious Disappearances

Probably the most outlandish—but most widely believed—reason for these strange disappearances is the belief that the Bermuda Triangle contains an entrance to another dimension. This belief was generated by sightings of strange swirling lights that corresponded with a sound and an "electronic fog." An electronic fog causes electronic equipment to fail.

Some dismiss the theory of another dimension and believe that there is contact with aliens through this area. A few people shared stories of aliens or alien experiences. They claimed they had entered a parallel universe, which pulls both theories together into one possibility of belief.

A third belief (that is similar to the first one) is that there is a portal that allows time travel located at the Bermuda Triangle. Those who adhere to this theory believe that what is happening in this area is something called slipstreaming. Even Einstein—who was not a dummy—thought that time travel was a possibility through this method, but whether he had ever heard of the triangle or not is unknown.

Compasses Stop Working and Other Phenomena

One of the most peculiar things that frequently happen in this area is that compasses stop working. Some believe the reason for this is because of a unique magnetic force in this area. Ironically, no one has yet to find an unusual source of a magnetic field that would explain such 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 aircraft will reappear.

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 is written in 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 memoirs:

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 genuinely been seeing the land, and the compass problem was not a compass issue. They think 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, George X was the first to suggest paranormal activity in Sand in Fate magazine in 1952. He wrote an article entitled "Sea Mystery At Our Back Door" in which 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." These words were his last 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 reject the paranormal as a possibility for the frequent loss of planes and ships attribute the loss to more common and natural causes, such as hurricanes or methane gas. Apparently, in this area, there are areas called Methane Hydrates. In these areas, methane bubbles come to the surface. 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. The change in buoyancy could cause the boat 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 significant methane releases in this area over the past 15,000 years!

Passiving Over the West Shore Line of Andros Island

Passiving Over the West Shore Line of Andros Island

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, there is the same percentage of reports for aircraft and ships 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.

In 1975, Lawrence David Kusche, author of The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved, 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 its eventual recovery would not be posted in the statistics. Then some were utterly false such as a 1939 disappearance that occurred in front of hundreds of people. Despite its bizarre occurrence, there is no newspaper report of this during that time.

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© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz

Comments

Saif on July 04, 2012:

Look for "Imam Mehdi" on Wikipedia and you will know everything.

Saif on July 04, 2012:

Yes,i can help you a lot.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 04, 2012:

This is really neat? I am curious about more of this history. Does anyone know anything else about this?

Saif on July 04, 2012:

In Islamic believe;

There are reliable traditions reported by great Shia scholars about the huge number of inhabitants living in a group of islands known as the JAZIRATUL KHADHRA (The Green Island).These islands are totally cut off from the rest of the world by a large sea known as Bahrul Abyadh (White Sea).

There is a long story narrated by Muhammad bin Ali Alawi Hussaini,reported in an authoritative book Al-Najmus Thaqib.In this story,a reliable person tells in full detail,how he happened to visit these islands totally governed by the Imam Zaman.He told that there are large cities in these islands,highly developed and advanced.The names of these cities mentioned in the book are as follows;

1.Mubaraka

2.Raequa

3.Sophia

4.Zaloom

5.Panatis

There are also some other authentic reports confirming the existence of a huge empire of Al-Mehdi.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on March 15, 2012:

I am also curious about submarine passages. I'm not sure though. I should look into it.

skyfire on March 15, 2012:

Interesting Hub. One thing that puzzles me is the navigation system of airplane these days. They seem to be avoiding this triangle when they are close to this zone. I am sure in past many aircraft lost because there wasn't any guidance system. I don't know if any submarine managed to get inside this zone and came out of it unscratched, if yes, then this is definitely the phenomena due to weather.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on November 28, 2010:

Couldn't agree more!

kennethfrias33 from San Pedro, Laguna on November 28, 2010:

Absolutely, WONDER is an essence of life...

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on November 27, 2010:

That actually makes sense. Until the truth is finally uncovered though, I find it fun to wonder at the possibilities!

kennethfrias33 from San Pedro, Laguna on November 27, 2010:

Mystery is just unexplained truth. Truth is the subtraction of false data from true data. We have to remember that science hasn't grasped all knowledge about the world yet, but it's continuously gathering unpolluted information. once information becomes sufficient, it is the time when a mystery is revealed and solved.

physical evidence is an ideal true data. unfortunately, it is the gathering and filtering of enough evidence that is very hard to do :(

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on October 02, 2010:

Thanks. Researching and writing is what I like best. I have a few topics I am researching at the moment. My husband has sent me a few articles that fascinate me that might have inspired a hub or two.

epigramman on October 02, 2010:

..I absolutely love mysteries - so this hub really makes me feel good!!!! Again you have done your homework - I CAN tell you love putting these hubs together - you're somewhat of a hub genius with so many subjects to choose from ...and it is your lucky and faithful readers who benefit the most - lucky them - lucky me - I WILL be back for some more of your righteous rock 'n roll!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 28, 2010:

I know! Isn't it completely fascinating! I love all the stories. :) I kind of gave my own slant at the end, but what can I say, I still love the mystery of it!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on September 28, 2010:

OHH, how I Love these type of mysteries in life. I think you did a fantastic job of staying with the theories and not taking your own slant. Great information and research! I have loved hearing about the Bermuda Triangle since I was in grade school. UP, Awesome, Useful

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 28, 2010:

Thanks so much TH, I appreciate it. Obviously I love these as well. :) I would love to go. So I take it we can't recruit you to do our sitting in the Bermuda Triangle for a week for us. LOL

tom hellert from home on September 28, 2010:

AM,

I am a big fan of this stuff- I have viewed many movie snippits and programs on the Triangle when I was 7 I was so scared because my parents went to bermuda on a cruise My wife n I almost went there on my honeymoon, but i was scared- not really- (hehhe). We need hubs like this to keep us on our toes and a mystery is needed to keep us still wondering I still think there is something to do wqith the earth because there is a similar set of dusappearances on the other side of the world near China/philipenes. Great Hub loved it.

TH

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 28, 2010:

Haha! Thanks!

Cecilia from New York on September 27, 2010:

What can I say, you know your scooby doo!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 24, 2010:

Brother Dave, honestly, if you find the boat, food, and money I too would have volunteered, but first we got to find people with the moulah, to bring our dream into fruition. Any donations are welcome anyone?

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 24, 2010:

Loves to Read, I think you are right, I think a lot of it is more the fairy tale of the story, not the truth. I think a lot of things are that way. For instance, the things people would come up with to why we got sick, before we knew about viruses and germs and creatures we can't see. They used to think poison in local water, witchcraft, evil, and all paranormal. But the truth is, there are creatures we can't see. That sounds paranormal stated like that, but really it's not all that interesting now that we know the truth.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on September 24, 2010:

You supply the boat and the food and I'll volunteer for that assignment from God. Hmmmmmmmmmmm! A week in the Bermuda Triangle no problem and think of the tan I could get. I could sit there at the radio and read scriptures to the world from the Bermuda Triangle for a week, and then head home again. "In the beginning God............."

Sounds heavenly to me.

Brother Dave.

Loves To Read on September 24, 2010:

A very interesting subject angela_michelle and one that has puzzled minds for many years. I think that there is something in our nature that intrigues us with the paranormal. Do we really want to know the answer or is it like a magic trick. Once revealed to us it leaves us very disappointed. The fascination is in not knowing. Great read.

Love and Hugs

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 23, 2010:

Bayoulady, apparently ships mysteriously sinking is just as common elsewhere. Then again, maybe it's just skeptics who say that. I do find it incredibly fascinating. I personally would like to believe the other dimension theory. LOL, but I guess I'll stick with the more natural causes. They are slightly more plausible. :)

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 23, 2010:

Thank you Fred Allen, I find it fascinating as well!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 23, 2010:

Dave Matthews, that is a really good question. Hmmmm... do we have any volunteers out there. :) LOL. I actually think someone should do that.

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on September 23, 2010:

ISo interesting! GREAT job, and definitely rate up.I have always been fascinated by the many theories of the alleged disappearnces. If indeed there have been missing vessels, I would lean toward some sort of gravitational pull or magnetic force.

fred allen from Myrtle Beach SC on September 23, 2010:

Fascinating! You covered it very well!

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on September 23, 2010:

Angela_michelle: Seems like just another yet to be explained mystery to me. Has anyone ever parked a ship inside the triangle for any length of time say a week, remained in contact with the world and then exited?

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 23, 2010:

I saw a documentary along time ago. I should check on our "on demand" and see if they have any other ones. I am a huge documentary person!!!

ross670daw on September 22, 2010:

I find the stories about the Bermuda Triangle fascinating, not a convinced believer yet that it's related to paranormal activity though. I enjoy reading about the suggested theories. I Have watched a number of documentaries about the subject, with the recent one on a story you mentioned, about the Methane phenomenom, and the magnetic force theories. I enjoyed reading this fine hub, thankyou angela_michelle.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 22, 2010:

You are so right, thanks for the great compliment!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 22, 2010:

We are always fascinated by mysteries and that which we do not fully comprehend. Perhaps one day we will learn the "secret" of the Bermuda Triangle. Thanks, am, for this very interesting hub.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 22, 2010:

Actually most people do make it through the Bermuda Triangle. if you go on a cruise to the Carribeans, most likely you are cruising sometime in the Bermuda Triangle.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 22, 2010:

I would love to go to Bermuda, just not during hurricane season.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 22, 2010:

Mentalist acer, i believe you may be right. :) Always appreciate your comments.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 22, 2010:

Dahoglund, I do find them really fascinating as well. Chances are very slim they are true, but I do wonder what if? I love sci fi movies and shows, and I think it's for the same reason.

heart4theword from hub on September 22, 2010:

Funny I was just thinking the other day, if there are any reports of people who actually made it through the Bermuda Triangle? Great research on your part, interesting about the planes!

Bob Diamond RPh from Charlotte, NC USA on September 22, 2010:

Bermuda is one of my favorite places on the face of the earth. Here's the link to an article I wrote about it: https://hubpages.com/travel/Pink-Sand-and-Parrot-F

The last time I was there they had just gone through a fairly powerful hurricane. Looks like they could be in for another one soon.

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on September 22, 2010:

Objectivity and analytical research proves most paranormal activity to be subjective in nature;)

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on September 22, 2010:

Like you, I take these stories with skepticism. Never the less they are fascinting.