The Devil’s Triangle

The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

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Morgan Kasel, graphic edited by Paige Hert

“The story of the “cursed” Bermuda Triangle is quite the legend. Numerous ships and people have gone missing in the triangular area connected from the shores of Miami, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Bermuda.”

Ally JohnPress, Reporter

Imagine yourself, stranded, in the supposedly cursed section of the Atlantic Ocean. Treading water, you picture a number of ships waiting below you, ships that were lost at sea, never to be found. You don’t know how many bodies litter the floor, and you pray you won’t be the next. As far as the eye can see, white water and waves cloud your vision.  

The story of the “cursed” Bermuda Triangle is quite the legend. Numerous ships and people have gone missing in the triangular area connected from the shores of Miami, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Bermuda. The term ‘Bermuda Triangle’ was coined in 1964 by Vincent Gaddis, a man who focused on paranormal happenings in the world, in a magazine article. News of the infamous triangle quickly popularized, and when ships such as the SS Marine Sulphur Queen and Cyclops and airplanes such as Star Ariel and Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished, rumors escalated. Today, according to Britannica, although the number is not fully known, there is an estimate that 20 airplanes and 50 ships have gone missing in the Bermuda Triangle.  

One of the first victims of the Bermuda Triangle was Mary Celeste, a ship transporting raw alcohol. It was discovered in 1872 with all its crewmates missing. The alcohol had been untouched, ruling out the possibility of pirates, and the lifeboat was missing. None of the remains of the people or the lifeboat have ever been found, and the explanation of a rogue attack or an abrupt natural disaster don’t add up. A similar experience occurred with Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 when the plane vanished on its trip to China. Its 239 passengers and remnants were never found.

Personally, as much as I want to believe in the existence of a paranormal patch of ocean, I just can’t fully comprehend the idea. There are too many variables. Others, such as scientist Karl Kruszelnicki, agree. Kruszelnicki believes that every disappearance can be attributed to human error and bad weather. After all, this specific section of the Atlantic is a widely used transportation and shipping route, so a few ships are bound to get lost. 

There are other theories concerning the plausibility of the Bermuda Triangle, but the probability of one of them being actually true is low. As the History channel says, “trying to find a common cause for every Bermuda Triangle disappearance is no more logical than trying to find a common cause for every automobile accident in Arizona.”

However, if I were to believe in a theory, I think I would pick the most bizarre theory: the Bermuda Triangle and the Lost City of Atlantis. Supposedly, the Atlantic city is located at the bottom of the ocean where it uses its “crystal energies” to sink vessels passing through. Whatever the connection may be, it sure is far-fetched. 

Sure, I think that the existence of a cursed area in the Atlantic Ocean would be a fun tale to believe in, but ask yourself, where’s the evidence? Yes, the remains of various aircrafts have never been found, but where else in the world have other unexplainable things occurred? Where else have things mysteriously disappeared? That’s all I’m saying. But, if there is even the slightest chance there is some sort of mystical power lying in the depths of the ocean near the center of the Devil’s Triangle, I have faith the future will hold answers.