Federal Agency: Bermuda Triangle Is Officially Not Supernatural

Categories: Environmental

Miami is bizarre enough of a place already that sometimes we forget it's one of three corners of the Bermuda Triangle, the purportedly supernatural stretch of the Atlantic Ocean where, according to myth, ships go missing under mysterious circumstances.

Well, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency has released a statement officially declaring that the myth is bull hockey.

"There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the ocean," the NOAA states on its website, as noted by the Sun Sentinel.

"The Coast Guard does not recognize the existence of the so-called Bermuda Triangle as a geographic area of specific hazard to ships or planes," a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard also told the paper. "In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes."

Also known as "The Devil's Triangle," the Bermuda Triangle has vertices in Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and, obviously, in Bermuda.

Stories of the area being at the very least statistically more dangerous for boaters or even supernatural date back to the 1950s and really took hold in the '60s. Indeed, Wikipedia lists several incidents that have taken place in the Triangle. Several theories have been floated to explain the area's reputation, everything from magnetic disturbances that could affect navigation to supposed underwater gas fields, but no one has really found anything off about the area.

The NOAA posits that the area's bad weather, especially during hurricane season, and several areas of shallow water in the Caribbean that could be treacherous to inexperienced navigators may to be blamed for several incidents. It contends that there's no evidence that there are anymore mysterious disappearances than in any other well-traveled area of water.

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....................however the YOUNG CIRCLE is still an area that attracts homeless hobos and vagrants and miscreants


The concept of the Bermuda triangle was created in 1950 with an article by Associated Press reporter Edward Van Winkle Jones. He had a map showing an airplane flying from Bermuda toward Puerto Rico, another plane flying from Puerto Rico to Miami, and finally, Flight 19 flying from Fort Lauderdale out in the direction of Bermuda. In 1952, George X Sand wrote in Fate Magazine defining the borders, shown in the map from Jones' article, In 1964 Vincent Gaddis in Argosy magazine finally named the infamous Bermuda Triangle.

It looks a triangle drawn over the Atlantic Ocean. Each year, ships and planes go missing off the eastern coastline of the United States, as planes have for a century, and ships literally for hundreds of years. Yet both the US Coast Guard and Lloyds of London state that no more ships or planes go missing here than off the Pacific coastline. 

Much of the story however, begins with Flight 19, aka the Lost Patrol when supposedly they disappeared suddenly into the infamous Bermuda Triangle. Flight 19 disappeared in December of 1945 but it wasn’t into the Bermuda triangle and it wasn't sudden — it took five hours for each of the TBM Avengers to drop out of the sky. The irony of Flight 19 is that none of the men died within the infamous Bermuda triangle. 

Three crash sites have been located and one aircraft has been raised from the sea. 

Taken from, Discovery of Flight 19

Douglas Westfall, historic publisher of My American History


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