Bermuda Triangle: Fact Or Fiction?

Video highlights from Drain the Bermuda Triangle

A missing container ship has the infamous triangle back in the headlines

With the search for survivors called off, the investigation into what caused the El Faro to sink begins.

While experts say the huge container ship sank after sailing into the path of Hurricane Joaquin off The Bahamas, conspiracy theorists point to the location of the sinking – inside the “Bermuda Triangle.”

The Bermuda Triangle is the area extending between Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Miami, famous for its high volume of shipwrecks. The area’s waters are suspected to have claimed up to 300 vessels.

The legend began on 5 December 1945 when Flight 19 took off from the U.S. Naval Air Station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Flight 19 was a squadron of five TBM Avenger Torpedo Bombers on a routine training mission, all of which disappeared. To this day, despite a massive land and sea search, no bodies or wreckage have been found.

(Image: National Ocean Service)

The phrase Bermuda Triangle wasn't used until 1964 when an unusually high number of ship disappearances took place.

From sea monsters and giant squid to alien abductions and alternate dimensions, there are many theories about what happens to planes and ships that go down in the Bermuda Triangle.

But the truth is likely a combination of less far-fetched causes including human error, treacherous weather, and plain bad luck.

The U.S. Coast Guard's official response to Bermuda Triangle inquiries states, "It has been our experience that the combined forces of nature and the unpredictability of mankind outdo science-fiction stories many times each year."

Scientists argue that the triangle is no more or less dangerous than any other stretch of open sea. No one has been able to prove that mysterious disappearances occur more frequently there than in other heavily-used sections of the ocean.

"The region is highly traveled and has been a busy crossroads since the early days of European exploration," said John Reilly, a historian with the U.S. Naval Historical Foundation.

"To say quite a few ships and airplanes have gone down there is like saying there are an awful lot of car accidents on the New Jersey Turnpike – surprise, surprise."

What happens when scientists 'drain' water from the Bermuda Triangle location? Find out what lies on its ocean floor here.

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