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Oceanographers Might Have Solved the Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

Jonathan Tao / August 15, 2018

The Bermuda Triangle is supposed to be the watery grave for hundreds of missing planes, ships, and submarines. There have been countless outlandish theories that sought to explain this mysterious, and deadly, area of ocean. But a team of British oceanographers from the University of Southampton now claim that they have solved the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. The scientists concluded that any sudden and unexpected losses at sea are likely the result of rogue waves over 100 feet (30 meters) in height!

Map of the Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle, also called the Devil’s Triangle, is an area of the Atlantic Ocean between the southern tip of Florida to the west, Puerto Rico to the south, and Bermuda to the north. Over the centuries, it’s swallowed countless vessels, including aircraft carriers and planes. According to oceanographers, it’s also a stretch of water where waves can come from all directions, carried by storms from the equator, the Caribbean, or the North Atlantic. Under these circumstances, scientists at the University of Southampton created a model that produced 100-foot-high rogue waves that could sink any ship.

Rogue waves are large and unexpected waves on the open sea. Modern ships are designed to tolerate the pressure of a breaking wave up to 21 pounds per square inch. That’s more than enough to handle large, 40-foot swells on the open ocean with a breaking point of 8.5 psi. But a 100-foot rogue wave crashes down with a stunning 140 psi—crushing even large ships like a tin can.

This isn’t even a new theory to explain unexpected disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki proposed the same theory in 2017. As for ghost stories including airplanes and submarines, scientists are confidant that the Bermuda Triangle experiences heavy maritime traffic and losses are no greater than average for the number of vessels in the area.

Even if this “solves” the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, it’s still pretty cool. We propose that these stunning rogue waves should be called the “Devil’s Breakers.”