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Thursday, March 21, 2024

The Bermuda Triangle: A Mystery Unveiled

The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle, is a loosely defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. This area, whose boundaries are not universally agreed upon, has a largely triangular shape that connects the southern U.S. coast, Bermuda, and the Greater Antilles

A History of Disappearances

The first recorded instance of strange happenings in the Bermuda Triangle area was when Thomas Lynch, Jr. and his wife disappeared while sailing to the West Indies in 1779. Since then, numerous incidents have occurred, including the unexplained loss of the USS Cyclops in 1918, the disappearance of the ship Spray captained by Joshua Slocum in 1909, and the vanishing of two aircraft, Star Tiger and Star Ariel, just about a year apart from each other.

More about the USS Cyclops

The USS Cyclops was one of the largest ships in the U.S. Navy and it disappeared without a trace in March 1918. The ship was nearly 550 feet long, with a crew of 306 people and around 11,000 tons of manganese aboard. It had been sailing successfully since 1910, traveling between the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

In 1917, when America entered World War I, Cyclops became a key naval asset, transporting troops and coal to fuel other ships all over the world. In March 1918, the ship was given a new cargo: tons of dense manganese ore, used in steelmaking. She left Brazil loaded up with the brittle metal, then voyaged to Barbados to resupply for the long journey home to Baltimore. The last known message from the ship said simply: “Weather Fair, All Well.”

However, on the nine-day journey, something went awry, and no one from the ship was ever seen or heard again. The ship vanished without even a SOS¹. There has been a flurry of sometimes sensational theories about the ship’s disappearance, as one among more than 100 ships and planes to have mysteriously disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle.

At the time, people wondered whether the ship and crew had been the victim of a German submarine or raider. Yet nothing materialized, and as time went on, it became less and less likely that German crafts had been in the area at all. Even after more than 100 years, the fate of these souls remains unknown. The cause of the disappearance of the USS Cyclops is still a mystery.

Theories and Explanations

The Bermuda Triangle has been the subject of numerous theories and speculations. Some attribute the disappearances to supernatural causes, like aliens and time warps, while others suggest more scientific explanations like magnetic anomalies, waterspouts, or huge eruptions of methane gas from the ocean floor.

One popular theory suggests that pilots failed to account for the agonic line—the place at which there is no need to compensate for magnetic compass variation—as they approached the Bermuda Triangle, resulting in significant navigational error and catastrophe. Another theory points to the possibility of "rogue waves," which are massive waves that can reach heights of up to 100 feet and would theoretically be powerful enough to destroy all evidence of a ship or an airplane.


Despite the numerous theories and speculations, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) states that there is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the ocean. 

While the Bermuda Triangle continues to be a source of fascination and intrigue, it's important to remember that the ocean is a vast and sometimes unpredictable place. As we continue to explore and understand our world, perhaps the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle will one day be fully unveiled.


This post is by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as TCC Research. Over 25 years of experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter, a published photographer, and a poet.

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