One ocean scientist claims that there’s nothing mysterious in the Bermuda Triangle.
The infamous area of water stretches across the North Atlantic between Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Florida. The so-called Devil’s Triangle is the place where many vessels have sunk and over 1,000 people have died in the past hundred years, reports The Sun.
According to a recent UK research presented as part of the Channel 5 documentary series “The Bermuda Triangle Enigma”, natural rogue waves may have something to do with the mysterious reputation of Bermuda’s Triangle.
The oceanographer and principal teaching fellow at the University of Southampton in the UK, Dr. Simon Boxall explains:
Rogue waves are one explanation and they do occur in the Bermuda region but by no means uniquely here — they are far more common off the Cape of Good Hope (off the South tip of Africa). They were things of myth and sailors’ tales, but since the introduction of satellite systems capable of measuring waves there have been a number as big as 30 m (100 feet) measured and verified.
According to the expert, rogue waves appear and disappear quickly and randomly, but they are always part of a storm. As he emailed Fox News:
The thriller movie of a flat calm sea with a 100ft wave hitting the cruise liner out of the blue is myth.
He continues to say that the rogue waves won’t prevent him from taking a cruise.
The busy maritime traffic in this area contributes to the reputation of Bermuda’s Triangle, says Boxall. According to him:
The area covered by the triangle accounts for nearly a third of all privately owned vessels in the U.S.,” he said. “The 2016 Coastguard annual report shows that in this area 82 percent of all incidents involving marine traffic of any kind was caused by people with no experience or training. The numbers speak for themselves as to why so many incidents occur here.
He believes that a similar factor contributed to the disappearance of five USA torpedo bombers in Flight 19 on December 5, 1945.
The infamous bomber squadron that went missing in 1945 was actually a training flight with new and inexperienced crews. In those days, navigation was very much by eye and it is easy to get it wrong. The evidence shows this was the case. Taking that out, there are no more plane disappearances [in the Bermuda triangle] than anywhere else in the world.
According to the Sun, the seaplane that was looking for the aircraft also disappeared.
But, Boxall is determined to prove that the Devil’s Triangle is not a mysterious place where many accidents happen. He believes that it’s just like the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland – there’s no mystery, but the story creates discussion and sells books.
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