Does the Bermuda Triangle really exist?

Accidents at sea The Bermuda Triangle myth is wrong

In summer, people like to spend warm days on the beach - and to go along with the sound of the sea, they also talk about a little sailor's thread. The legend of the Bermuda Triangle persists. In this region of the Atlantic Ocean between the islands of Puerto Rico, Bermuda and the Florida coast, ships and airplanes are said to disappear again and again in a mysterious way. Sometimes these accidents are explained with unnatural weather phenomena, sometimes with aliens, sometimes the US government is supposed to be behind it.

It's all nonsense, an expert once again states these days. In an interview with the Australian news portal, the science journalist Karl Kruszelnicki said, in percentage terms, as many aircraft and ships disappeared in the so-called Bermuda Triangle as anywhere else in the world. "The region is near the equator, bordering one of the richest parts of the world, so there is simply a lot of traffic there," says Kruszelnicki. Unsurprisingly, some of the world's busiest shipping routes pass through the triangle.

Heavy traffic, bad weather

The myth arose in the First and Second World Wars when some major military transports and jets disappeared in the area. However, most of these cases can be traced back to adverse weather conditions or human error. A few years ago, the US National Ocean Service found that storms, including hurricanes, regularly pass through the so-called Bermuda Triangle. The Gulf Stream also sometimes brings violent weather changes, which in the past often led to accidents.

The fact that many wrecks or the corpses of travelers were not found after accidents is not surprising, says Kruszelnicki. To this day, the search on the seabed is extremely difficult, despite the most modern measuring devices. As in the case of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared three years ago, the search teams remain unsuccessful despite great effort.

"Oceans have always been a mysterious place for humans. If the weather and / or the navigation is bad, they can also be quite deadly places. It is the same everywhere in the world," according to the National Ocean Service. "However, there is no evidence that mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle are any more common than any other heavily trafficked part of the ocean."


on the radio | 02/01/2017 | 5:15 pm