The Bermuda Triangle is a mysterious place in the Atlantic Ocean that has boggled our minds for centuries. Christopher Columbus was the first to report erratic compass readings and a great flame of fire as he sailed through the region. Countless ships and aircraft have vanished while venturing inside it, and despite all that has been reported, there’s still so much information many people aren’t aware of.
Here are 10 bizarre facts about the Bermuda Triangle that might surprise you.
1. Governmental Denial
With thousands of people who’ve gone missing, you’d think the government would launch an investigation into what really goes on in one of the strangest regions of the ocean. But government officials and scientists don’t think there’s anything mysterious going on there at all.
2. Time Travel
In December of 1970, Pilot Bruce Gernon was traveling to Florida with his father and a business associate and took off from Andros, Bahamas. Once they flew closer to the triangle, they noticed a cloud hanging low over the ocean. As they got closer to the cloud, it grew bigger and began to engulf them. Inside, they described the cloud as dark with bright flashes of light. They radioed into the air traffic controllers, who located their plane in Palm Beach, Florida. Gernon had somehow managed to complete his 75-minute flight in just 47-minutes. To this day, he still can’t explain how they had managed to leap forward 100 miles.
3. Its Pacific Sister
The Bermuda Triangle may be unique, but rumor has it, the region has a sister that’s located in the Pacific Ocean. (62-miles off the coast of Tokyo) In the 1950s, a vessel with more than 700 sailors disappeared, and various ships and planes have also vanished in the area.
4. Its Weapon Test Area
The U.S. government set up a facility in the Bahamas that faces a deep, oceanic trench. The Atlantic Undersea Test & Evaluation Center – (AUTEC) is used by the U.S. Navy to test submarines and various weapons.
5. It Has Ties to Atlantis
No one’s quite sure whether Atlantis was an actual city or a mythical island. Those who do believe in its legend think the city was swallowed up by the Bermuda Triangle after the last Ice Age.
6. It’s Not Really a Triangle
Even though it’s commonly referred to as a triangle because of its points between Bermuda; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Miami Florida; it doesn’t have any official boundaries, as disappearances have happened in all of the surrounding areas including the center and on the perimeter.
7. Erratic Compass
In December 1945, a group of Navy bombers took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to conduct airfield tests. But their compasses began to malfunction, and the leader of the mission went severely off course. All five planes followed and eventually ran out of fuel and had no choice but to ditch at sea. The triangle is said to be one of the few places on Earth where a compass will point towards true north, misleading dozens of travelers.
8. Methane Gas
Methane gas is reportedly trapped thousands of feet below the Bermuda Triangle’s ocean floor. When the gas is released, it supposedly changes the buoyancy levels of the water, causing ships to sink almost instantly. The methane also has the ability to erupt and ignite passing aircraft. Many believe this explains the strange occurrences that have happened nearby.
9. It’s Not a Recognized Space
Even though the three points are well-known as the Bermuda Triangle, this area of the ocean isn’t found on any world maps, and the US Navy refers to it as open ocean. Although people refer to the triangle, it’s nothing more than imaginary lines.
10. It’s Massive
When you view the area on a map, it looks relatively small. But it covers approximately 500,000 square miles of ocean. It’s also insanely deep. Studies have shown that the floor of this particular section of the ocean is riddled with sloping mountains, deep craters, and never-ending ravines.
Which of these bizarre facts surprised you the most?