The oceans are full of mysteries. Traditionally, humans fear the ocean and prefer to admire it from dry land. There are places in the world’s oceans that people particularly fear.
Airplanes and ships disappear in these places without a trace. There are also giant whirlpools, giant waves and mysterious luminous circles in the water… There is a place in the ocean, where all these phenomena exist at the same time. This is the Bermuda Triangle.
The area of the Bermuda Triangle is about one million square kilometers. The triangle extends from Florida to the Bermuda Islands, then to Puerto Rico and back to Florida via the Bahamas.
News of mysterious disappearances of ships and planes in the area appeared in the late 1940s. A group of five Avenger bombers failed to return to base on December 5, 1945. The pilots just had time to say that they were entering the “living waters”.
A hydrofoil was sent to rescue people, but the plane also disappeared. Nearly 50 ships and planes have disappeared in the triangle in 50 years. However, the triangle “lost its appetite” in the mid-1980s.
Many theories – pseudo-scientific, paranormal and ufological – have been analyzed to try to explain this mysterious phenomenon. The most reliable theory comes from Joseph Monaghan of Monash University in Australia.
In 2003, the scientist published an article in the American Journal of Physics entitled “Can methane bubbles sink ships? “. The researcher described the experiments he conducted to prove that this was possible. His theory was supported by many other scientists.
According to Monaghan, huge bubbles can rise from underwater deposits of solid methane, called gas hydrates. An odorless gas found in swamps and mines, methane solidifies under the enormous pressures found on the seabed.
Ice-like deposits of methane can break off and become gaseous as they rise, creating bubbles on the surface, the AP writes. The gas, when concentrated on the surface, can trigger malfunctions in the operation of electronic equipment on board aircraft and ships. Ships can sink in such places due to the sudden reduction in water density.
Another Bermuda phenomenon is the so-called “Flying Dutchman” – the inexplicable disappearance of ships’ crews. These incidents are most likely due to infrasound. Some scientists believe that infrasound is created by bubbles of gas rising to the surface.
Infrasonic vibrations trigger dangerous resonance in the heart and blood vessels. In the presence of such a resonance, a human being may have a panic attack. It is possible that sailors, seized with fear and panic, jump overboard to try to get rid of this weird feeling.
However, there is no theory in the world to explain why the Bermuda Triangle stopped devouring ships and planes in the mid-1980s. Lawrence David Kusche, author of “The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle: Solved,” said there was no mystery at all. According to Kusche, the mystery does not exist – it was simply made up by people.
Kusche took the issue seriously. He studied insurance company records, coast guard reports, investigation reports, and so on. Nevertheless, the sad title of the Bermuda Triangle as the most mysterious place in the world ocean is justified by several peculiarities.
It is one of two areas on Earth (the second is known as the Devil’s Sea) where the magnetic compass points to true south, rather than magnetic south. The compass always points to the south magnetic pole, while the opposite side – the north – automatically points to the north.
In addition, spacecraft have recorded considerable deviations of Earth’s gravity in this area. Gravity in the Bermuda Triangle is stronger than anywhere else in the world, causing the Gulf Stream to form and move north into Europe.
As for the reduction in the number of mysterious disasters, many explain this phenomenon by the appearance of space navigation. Also, aircraft and ship equipment has become much more technologically advanced over the years.
The Sargasso Sea
Many people confuse the Sargasso Sea with the Bermuda Triangle. The Sargasso Sea is located southeast of the triangle. Also, many people are trying to find a solution to the mysteries of the triangle in the Sargasso Sea. However, this sea is located in the center of the Atlantic Ocean.
There is a certain peculiarity for which the sea was named so. Ocean currents flow in a clockwise direction. Many algae, or sargassum, accumulate in the water zone that the currents delimit.
The sea is a giant whirlpool that has its own laws of life. The water temperature inside the whirlpool is much higher than outside. Water is almost always there. One can also see miracles there, when it seems, for example, that the sun rises in the east and west at the same time.
Richard Sylvester of the University of Western Australia has suggested that the giant Sargasso Sea eddy is a centrifuge, which creates smaller eddies that reach the Bermuda Triangle area.
These eddies cause mini-cyclones in the air. Cyclones continue the spiraling movement of water, from which they appear, and can thus crash small planes into the ocean.
The Devil’s Sea
This is a region of the Pacific located around the island of Miyake, about 100 km south of Tokyo. This “relative” of the Bermuda Triangle is not on any chart, but sailors prefer to stay away from this region. Storms can start there without warning and disappear as they began.
Whales, dolphins and even birds do not inhabit this area. In the early 1950s, nine ships disappeared in the region in five years. The most famous of these incidents is the disappearance of the Kaiyo Maru No.5, a Japanese research vessel.
This is a very seismically active region. The seabed is in constant motion; volcanic islands appear and disappear regularly. The region is also known for its very active cyclonic activity.
The Cape of Good Hope
This area off the coast of South Africa is also known as the “Cape of Storms”. Many ships have been wrecked here over the centuries. Most of the shipwrecks have taken place because of bad weather, especially killer waves, called “cape rolls”. Scientists also call them “lone waves”.
These are very large waves, up to 30 meters high. They form when two coherent waves become one. The height of a heading roll is equal to the height of these two waves. They do not change shape during the distribution process, even if they encounter other similar waves on their way.
They can travel great distances without losing their power. These huge waves create very large cavities in front of them, the depth of which corresponds to the height of the waves.
There are many other places in the world ocean where such waves can occur, but the area near the Cape of Good Hope is particularly dangerous there.
The eastern part of the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf
This area is known for a very impressive and mysterious phenomenon – giant luminous and swirling circles on the surface of the water.
German oceanologist Kurt Kahle believes that glowing rings in the ocean appear as a result of underwater earthquakes, which cause plankton to glow.
As long as this impact occurs selectively, the illusion of the spinning wheel is created. This hypothesis has been criticized lately, because it is unable to explain the logic of the transformation of the luminous circles. Modern science has not been able to explain the precise round shape of objects.
Scientists can’t explain the rays coming out of a center, and can’t say anything reasonable to explain the speed of circulation. The UFO version seems to be the main one in this case.
This vortex is not of planetary importance like the Sargasso Sea vortex. Nevertheless, sailors know dozens of spine-chilling stories about this amazing phenomenon.
This whirlpool occurs twice a day, in the western part of the Norwegian Sea, off the northwest coast of Norway. The word “maelstrom” was popularized by Edgar Poe in his story “A Descent into the Maelstrom”. A maelstrom is a very strong, large body of swirling water that exhibits a considerable downdraft.
The water surface of the cavity located in the center of the powerful whirlpool is several tens of meters lower than the water surface of the ocean. The power of the whirlpool is ten times greater than that of an ordinary current.
Strangely, the vortex reverses direction once every three or four months. Maelstrom vortices can occur in other regions of the globe, notably in the Bermuda Triangle.
It is generally believed that maelstroms normally swirl counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise – in the southern hemisphere, which is explained by the rotation of the Earth.