The story of what we call the “Bermuda Triangle” actually began 56 years ago, in 1964. The name was first used by American author Vincent Gaddis in Argosy magazine, to describe an area the shape of a triangle in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida.
There are no exact boundaries for the Bermuda Triangle, but according to Encyclopaedia Britannica its total area is between 1.3 and 3.9 million square kilometres. Australia is about 7.7 million square kilometres in size. This area has also been referred to as the “Devil’s Triangle”. Throughout the decades it has been discussed in thousands of popular movies, books and documentaries. But why all the attention?
The Hype around the Bermuda Triangle can be traced back to a series of unexplained disappearances of ships and aircraft.
In 1945, five US Navy planes and 14 men disappeared in the area while doing routine training exercises. The flight’s leader, Lieutenant Charles Taylor, was heard over the radio saying:
We are entering white water, nothing seems right. We don’t know where we are, the water is green, no white.
The US navy investigated and ultimately reported the incident as “cause unknown”. From the time of this incident until the mid-1980s, 25 small planes disappeared while passing through the Bermuda Triangle. They were never seen again. No wreckage was ever recovered.
These stories captivated the public. Some people have given some explanations, claiming there was something paranormal or supernatural going on. It was suggested aliens or the mythical underwater lost city of Atlantis had something to do with the events.
The fact that some official accounts of the incidents describe them as “cause unknown” had added to the intrigue.