The Bermuda Triangle has long perplexed and confused people due to the many aviation and naval accidents that have occurred in the space between Puerto Rico, Florida, and Bermuda. It has been estimated that this region is the cause for the disappearance of at least 75 planes and ships.
A few causes have been thrown around over the years. Some of these include electromagnetic interference, paranormal activity, bad weather, the gulf stream and also large amounts of methane under the sea.
But more recently, a scientist has come out and said that there is, in fact, no mystery surrounding the Bermuda Triangle.
A science communicator out of Australia by the name of Karl Kruszelnicki said that the number of vessel and aircraft disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle ‘is the same as anywhere else in the world on a percentage basis.’Caribbean360
He continued on by saying: ‘it is close to the equator near a wealthy part of the world, America, therefore you have a lot of traffic.’WINDVECTOR/SHUTTERSTOCK
Karl also said that the myths surrounding the Bermuda Triangle probably stem from the loss of several high profile military convoys and their subsequent rescue teams.
Furthermore, these disappearances occurred between the First and Second World War and as such the technology for those ships and planes wasn’t as advanced.Moreover, pilots back then were more prone to making mistakes since there was a less stringent procedure for them.
They were more likely to get lost, drink heavily before flying and also they would fly the plane before first checking that all the appropriate aviation equipment was available.
Karl argues that rather than explaining the cause away through paranormal means and electromagnetic disturbances, it is more likely due to terrible weather and less rigid and strong boats and planes.
Add to that the fact that the missing planes and boats were never found or recovered and you’ve got a mystery on your hands.InstagramBut Karl says that this may have more to do with the Bermuda Triangle being a very large body of water that’s terrifyingly deep.Daily Express
Even today, when planes and boats go missing, it is hard to track and recover them, so imagine how tough it would be back in the early 1920’s when technology wasn’t nearly as advanced as it is today.
And the whole thing about methane reserves beneath the triangle has been debunked. The theory states that massive methane reserves under the water create these giant methane bubbles that rise to the surface and then swallow up boats.
But so far, there has been no conclusive evidence that there are methane reserves under the triangle. Karl says that a number of disappearances are in line and proportional with what one would expect given the size and traffic flow around the region.