The area of the North Atlantic known as the Bermuda Triangle has been a part of maritime and aviation history for hundreds of years. The earliest reports of strange phenomena in the 500,000 square mile region date back to the time of Columbus. Over the years, more than 5,000 people have gone missing or lost their lives in the Devil’s Triangle; theories range from alien influences, a submerged UFO, pockets of methane gas being released from deep underground and even wild ideas such as a time vortex or portal to another dimension. There are plenty of theories, of which none can be proven, making the Bermuda Triangle one of the world’s strangest and potentially most dangerous areas in the world. What most people may not realize is that the Devil’s Triangle isn’t unique. There are other spots on earth with similarly strange disappearances of air and sea crafts.
The Dragon’s Triangle is located in the area between Guam, the Philippines, and the southern coast of Japan; it’s also referred to as the Pacific Bermuda Triangle or the Devil’s Sea. The Dragon’s Triangle has a reputation for mystery dating back decades, possibly centuries if ancient records are included in the analysis. Native Japanese people call the area Ma-no Umi (the Sea of the Devil) and oral histories tell a tale of how local fishermen would avoid the area at all costs. Another story tells the tale of Kublai Khan losing a great fleet and army of 40,000 in the Dragon’s Triangle sometime around the year 1200, while attempting to invade Japan.
The naming originates from an ancient Chinese tale about seafaring dragons which would rise up from the depths to consume sailors and their vessels. This story is more than three centuries old, and many theorists have attempted to use it as a starting point in their research; looking at weather or undersea geologic events to explain how it came to exist. The fact that the area is riddled with undersea volcanos does lend strength the how the tale may have started. A violent release of gases and lava, even those several thousand feet below the surface, would have a chilling effect on the ocean surface in proximity to the eruption.
The major difference between the Bermuda Triangle and the Dragon’s Triangle is the amount of documented research. While the former has volumes and volumes of unexplained disappearances and odd phenomena, the latter has mainly oral accounts. In 1989, Charles Berlitz published a book, “The Dragon’s Triangle” in which he attempted a thorough investigation of the area and its history. He was able to identify at least 5 military vessels which disappeared in the area between 1952 and 1954. His research was seemingly shown to be incomplete when another writer, Larry Kusche published “The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved” in 1995 which challenged Berlitz’s work while also connecting the high probability that undersea volcanic activity was the likely cause of the lost ships.
Yet despite the “debunking” by Larry Kusche, there are still reports of paranormal activities including ghost ship sightings in the triangle. There are additional claims of a submerged alien base deep in the sea; a claim which is evidenced by Google Earth images. Others point to the fact that the Dragon and Bermuda triangles are almost exactly opposite one another on the planet and cite this as very important. The only other place where opposites are found are the North and South poles. Other paranormal researchers cite abnormally high magnetic activity as being the cause for failed navigational equipment and communications failures. There is also the ever-changing seascape with landmasses and islands literally forming and disappearing overnight. Regardless of which theory you subscribe to, if any at all, the Dragon’s Triangle like the Bermuda Triangle remain high on the list of the world’s strangest places.