Has the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle finally been solved? Scientists claim to have finally found the 'rogue' culprit
For a long time people have tried to solve the mystery behind the Bermuda triangle and according to experts at the University of Southampton, the answer to this mystery is a natural phenomenon, which they labelled "rogue waves." The region, which covers a patch of sea between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda, has already claimed the lives of many while disappearing a number of ships and aircraft. In order to better explain how these waves work, researchers re-created the monster water surges for Channel 5 documentary 'The Bermuda Triangle Enigma.' These waves are very powerful and dangerous and can reach heights of up to 100 feet (30 meters). Scientists often refer to these waves as "extreme storm waves".
The research team built a model of the USS Cyclops, a ship that went missing in the triangle in 1918 claiming 300 lives. The Cyclops was a coal-carrying ship which was used to ferry fuel during the world war one. No wreckage from the 542ft vessel has ever been found and neither has there been any traces of the passengers who were on the ship. Some of the theories claim that there might have been supernatural cause for its disappearance because there was no call made from the vessel.
Dr. Simon Boxall, an ocean and earth scientist, explained that the Bermuda Triangle can see three massive storms coming together from different directions which makes the perfect condition for the development of rogue waves. Simon believes that such a wave has the power to break a ship like Cyclops into two. "There are storms to the south and north, which come together," he said on the show, as reported by Daily Mail. "And if there are additional ones from Florida, it can be a potentially deadly form of rogue waves. They are steep, they are high – we’ve measured waves in excess of 30 meters."
Meanwhile, the scientist in Australia stated human error as the explanation behind this phenomenon. Speaking to News.com.au, Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki stated that the Bermuda triangle is unremarkable in the number of disappearances it's seen. "According to Lloyds of London and the US coast guard, the number of planes that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis," he said. "It is close to the equator, near a wealthy part of the world, America, therefore you have a lot of traffic."
In order to better explain his theory, he used the example of-of the five US TBM Avenger Torpedo Bombers from Flight 19 that disappeared in 1945 which was followed by the subsequent disappearance of the seaplane that was sent out to find them.
While there was no evidence of the ship or the crew found, Karl claims that the radio transcripts from that night show that multiple junior pilots recommended flying toward the west. However, the pilot, Lieutenant Charles Taylor, instead flew east. He also claims that the search engine did not go missing but was spotted blowing up.
"There was one experienced guy, the rest were inexperienced," he said suggesting that the pilot was to blame. "It wasn't fine weather, there were 15 meter waves." He further added that Taylor "arrived with a hangover, flew off without a watch, and had a history of getting lost and ditching his plane twice before." Over the years, scientists have offered similar thoughts on the disappearance of ships and people in the region, also known as the Devil's Triangle.