Bermuda Triangle mystery ‘solved’
British scientists believe 100ft ‘rogue’ waves could be the reason why so many boats are sunk in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. Rogue waves, which but a few minutes, have been known to measure up to 30 meters (almost 100m high.
The Bermuda Triangle can be easily explained, says an ocean scientist notes that the area does not deserve its “mysterious” reputation.
The body of water, known as a place where many ships are sunken, extends over a western part of the North Atlantic ocean between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. The area, also known as the Devil’s Triangle has claimed more than 1,000 lives in the last 100 years, according to the Sun.
Recent research carried out by scientists in the united kingdom noted that there is a natural “rogue wave” phenomenon may play a role in the Bermuda Triangle of the reputation.
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“Rogue waves are a statement and they do not occur in the Bermuda region, but it is not unique here, they are much more common off the Cape of Good Hope (the Southern tip of Africa),” said Dr. Simon Boxall, an oceanographer and principal teaching fellow at the uk’s University of Southampton. “They were the things of myth and sailors’ stories, but since the introduction of satellite systems that are suitable for the measurement of waves, there are a number of as large as 30 metres (100 feet), measured and controlled.”
The rogue waves come and go very randomly and quickly, but are always part of a storm, according to Boxall. “The thriller film of a calm sea with a 100ft wave hitting the cruise liner out of the blue is a myth,” he told Fox News by e-mail. The rogue waves, he added, would not deter him from taking a cruise.
The research was presented as part of “The Bermuda Triangle Enigma,” a Channel 5 documentary series.
Boxall also cited busy shipping in the Bermuda Triangle as the main factor in its reputation.
“The area covered by the triangle is almost a third of all private boats in the U.S.,” he said. “In 2016 coast guard annual report shows that in this area, 82 percent of all incidents relating to the maritime movement of any kind was caused by people without experience or training. The numbers speak for themselves why so many incidents occur.”
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A similar factor likely to have played a role in the famous disappearance of Flight 19, a group of five AMERICAN torpedo bombers that went missing on Dec. 5, 1945, according to Boxall. “The infamous bomber squadron that went missing in 1945 was actually a training flight with new and inexperienced crews. In those days nav[igation] was very much by the eyes and it is easy to get it wrong,” says Dr. Boxall. “The evidence shows that this was the case. Take that there is no aircraft disappearances in the Bermuda triangle than anywhere else in the world.”
The Sun notes that a seaplane used to search for the plane also went missing.
Boxall would like to debunk the myth of the Bermuda Triangle as a mysterious place where strange things happen. “Together with the scottish Loch Ness Monster, there is no mystery,” he told Fox News. “But it sells books and leads to great discussion.”
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