Published: 12:51 PM - 06-03-11
Everything from gargantuan sea monsters to Unidentified Flying Objects have been blamed for the disappearance of vessels and aircraft in the so-called Bermuda Triangle and the neighbouring Sargasso Sea.
But CNN reports today May 31,2011,that there are natural, scientific explanations for what have often been labelled as paranormal or supernatural occurrences in the two great expanses of ocean.
“The vast triangular area of ocean with imaginary points in Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico — popularly known as the “Bermuda Triangle” — has long been associated with mysterious disappearances, paranormal activity and even fissures in the fabric of space itself,” says the cable news channel.
“Interest in the region began after a group of military planes carrying 14 men inexplicably vanished somewhere off the coast of southern Florida in December 1945.
“Before losing radio contact, it’s claimed the flight leader was heard saying: ‘We are entering white water, nothing seems right’ …”
Hours after the disappearance of the US Navy’s Flight 19, a further 13 crew-members – dispatched as a flying search party — themselves vanished. Neither group’s remains were ever discovered and the modern Bermuda Triangle legend was born.
Later disappearances — including two British commercial flights in the late 1940s – attributed to the area’s alleged paranormal forces.
“A raft of books, like ‘The Devil’s Triangle’, ‘Limbo of the Lost’ and ‘The Riddle of the Bermuda Triangle’” all contained supernatural explanations — from UFOs to “wormholes” to technology left over from the mythical lost continent of Atlantis,” said CNN.
“However, in later years, skeptics have argued that the number of ships and aircraft reported missing in the area is, statistically, no more significant than in any other part of the ocean.
“Indeed, the area is today one of the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world, and most appear to get by without so much as dipping oar into another dimension.”
The Bermuda Triangle continues to exert a powerful grip on the popular imagination. The recent Jack Black version of “Gulliver’s Travels” used the Triangle as a plot device. And an upcoming fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise starring Harrison Ford as well as a new Brad Pitt project and the second film in the teen-oriented Percy Jackson series will boast Bermuda Triangle-themed narratives.
Bermuda also sits on the western fringes of the Sargasso Sea — another region of the Atlantic which CNN says “has an intriguing reputation for robbing sail boats of their crew, leaving nothing but empty, wandering vessels.”
Among its supposed victims was the tall-mast ship “Rosalie,” which sailed through the area in 1840, but was subsequently found drifting and derelict with her sails set and no crew on board.
“Grisly 19th-century paintings show sailing vessels being devoured by monstrous weeds, and the area has featured in books by Jules Verne, among others,” said the cable news outlet. “But the mystery of the Sargasso is no longer much of a mystery.
“Surrounded by some of the strongest surface-water currents in the world, the ’sea within a sea’, as it is known, is effectively cordoned off from the rest of the Atlantic.