NOAA makes statement about Bermuda Triangle myth

Just as with mermaids, NOAA sees fit to make a statement that the ridiculous is indeed ridiculous.

Nothing supernatural about the Bermuda Triangle, NOAA says – Sun Sentinel.

For decades, rumors persisted that hundreds of ships and planes mysteriously vanished in the area between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda because it was cursed or patrolled by extraterrestrials.

Most of us already suspected that was a myth. Yet, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just posted a story declaring the Devil’s Triangle, as it’s also known, is no different than any other open ocean region — and that foul weather and poor navigation are likely to blame for any mishaps.

“There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the ocean,” the agency stated this month on

Ben Sherman, spokesman for NOAA’s National Ocean Service, said the agency wrote the story as part of an educational program where it responds to readers’ questions.

I’m not sure this helps but they tried. Those who knew the Bermuda Triangle was a manufactured myth do not need a news report. Those that are superstitious will continue to be so. I don’t think a governmernt “official” statement will do anything for those who are possibly distrustful of the government.

But, it is true that the Bermuda Triangle is not mysterious at all.

More: The Bermuda Triangle and the Devil’s Sea and The UnMuseum – The Bermuda Triangle.

The Coast Guard NEVER considered this area in any supernatural context. Insurance companies note that accidents are no more prevalent there. So, we’re talking about people who do the rescue work and those who have money riding on safety. If they say there is nothing there, there really is nothing there.

  6 comments for “NOAA makes statement about Bermuda Triangle myth

  1. February 10, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Was it one of James Randi’s books where he details how one guy basically fabricated evidence and used wartime records out of context to originally perpetuate the Bermuda Triangle myth? I’ll have to hunt back through my Kindle, I can’t remember the guy’s name or what his book was called.

  2. Suzanne de Nimes
    February 10, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Larry Kusche’s 1975 book “The Bermuda Triangle Mystery – Solved” is the classic skeptical work on the subject.

    There may be some good (and more up-to-date) later works, but Kusche pretty conclusively demolished the leading stories at that point, particularly as told by Charles Berlitz in his bestseller.

  3. Chris Howard
    February 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I think it was Randi? I recall reading that, as well.

    I think he also said that the number of ships, and planes, that disappeared weren’t significantly more numerous than any other part of that general area of sea?

  4. February 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Thanks Suzanne. I added this book to our Book Recommendations page (Amazon book store)

  5. Suzanne de Nimes
    February 10, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Randi did cover the Bermuda Triangle in his 1982 book “Flim-Flam”. IIRC, he mostly cited/summarized the work of Kusche and others.

  6. February 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Great book! It totally blew the myth away for me.

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