The Bermuda Triangle: The Mysteries And Theories
From a simple magnetic anomaly, to aliens and wormholes
The Bermuda Triangle is a triangular area of the northwestern Atlantic Ocean bounded by Bermuda, Puerto Rico and a point near Melbourne, Florida, in which numerous ships and aircraft have seemingly disappeared without trace. It is regarded as one of the greatest mysteries on Earth.
It is also alleged that the Bermuda Triangle is one of only two places in the world in which an unusual level of magnetic interference can adversely affect compass reading, the other being the Dragon's Triangle in the Pacific. Many UFO researchers have speculated that UFOs may be using some form of electromagnetic propulsion: could there be a link of some kind between the magnetic interference, UFO sightings and the disappearances of ships and planes in the Bermuda Triangle?
1492 Light Sighting
Christopher Columbus was the first person to document allegedly strange phenomena in the area today known as the Bermuda Triangle. On October 11, 1492, Columbus reports that he and his crew observed a mysterious light moving strangely up and down in the evening sky, appearing and quickly disappearing several times that night. Columbus wrote in his log that:
"The land was first seen by a sailor called 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..,"
The most famous disappearance of all, occurred just after WWII on December 5, 1945, when an entire squadron of aircraft vanished without trace and no clue as to what happened to them. Of course, this was the infamous Flight 19, which, more than any other case, brought the triangle into popular consciousness, sparking all kinds of explanations. The strangest and most interesting being the theory that it was an alien abduction.
The earliest documented case of a vessel mysteriously disappearing in the triangle occurred during the First World War. Named after the race of one-eyed giants from Greek mythology, the USS Cyclops (AC-4) was one of four Proteus-class colliers built for the US Navy. The ship and crew went missing without a trace sometime after March 4, 1918, after departing from Barbados. The disappearance of the ship and the 306 on board remains the single largest loss of life in US Naval history not directly involving combat.
Bizarrely, the sister ship of the USS Cyclops, the USS Nereus (AC-10), also disappeared in the triangle in similar circumstances during Word War Two. The vessel was lost at sea sometime after 10 December 1941 while travelling from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, along the same route where the Cyclops had disappeared 23 years earlier. It was believed that the ship was sunk by a torpedo from a German U-boat. However, there are no German U-boat claims for this vessel and no wreckage has ever been recovered.
The SS Cotopaxi was a tramp steamer that vanished in December 1925 while en route from Charleston, South Carolina to Havana, Cuba. Two days after leaving Charlton the Cotopaxi radioed a distress call reporting that the ship was sinking. On 31 December the ship was listed as overdue. In the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Cotopaxi is found in the Gobi Desert, apparently left there by extraterrestrials.
In his 1974 book The Bermuda Triangle Charles Berlitz explored the theory that there could be a “vortex” or “portal” somewhere inside the Bermuda Triangle which extraterrestrial travellers could be using as a bridge or gateway to Earth. Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku in his book Hyperspace explained how such a passageway could work. Comparing space travellers to flatworms living on an apple, Kaku writes:Perhaps the disappearance of planes and ships inside Bermuda Triangle can be explained simply by intense weather conditions and human error. However, until either the missing wreckage or a wormhole is found, speculation will continue to grow and morph into legend.