The first believed disappearance in the Bermuda Triangle was on September 17, 1950.
An outspoken critic of the Bermuda Triangle, Lawrence David Kusche, stated several points:
- The number of ships and aircraft reported missing in the area was not significantly greater, proportionally speaking, than in any other part of the ocean.
- In an area frequented by tropical storms, the number of disappearances that did occur were, for the most part, neither disproportionate, unlikely, nor mysterious;
- Berlitz and other writers would often fail to mention such storms or even represent the disappearance as having happened in calm conditions when meteorological records clearly contradict this.
- The numbers themselves had been exaggerated by sloppy research. A boat's disappearance, for example, would be reported, but its eventual (if belated) return to port may not have been.
- Some disappearances had, in fact, never happened. One plane crash was said to have taken place in 1937 off Daytona Beach, Florida, in front of hundreds of witnesses; a check of the local papers revealed nothing.
- The legend of the Bermuda Triangle is a manufactured mystery, perpetuated by writers who either purposely or unknowingly made use of misconceptions, faulty reasoning, and sensationalism.
It is also unlikely that there are magical creatures (from Rick Riordan's Sea of Monsters and multiple other books) living there. The area is one of the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world, with ships crossing through it daily for ports in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands. Cruise ships are also plentiful, and pleasure craft regularly go back and forth between Florida and the islands. It is also a heavily flown route for commercial and private aircraft heading towards Florida, the Caribbean, and South America from points north. If there were so many ships in this area, it would be more likely that it is just that the number is proportional to the rest of the world, but since there are larger number of ships, the number is large.
Furthermore, the World Wildlife Fund for World Oceans does not recognize the Bermuda triangle as true. Their infographic below shows that the majority of sea accidents are around Denmark and the United Kingdom, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Libya, Albania, and South Italy, Japan and Korea, and Brunei and the Philippines.
|The Gulf Stream allows the ocean to move the debris extremely fast, so it is possible that it causes the "disappearance" of the ship.|
This is a recorded simulation of a rogue waves. Rogue waves are sudden, large waves that occur far out at sea. This is believed to be one of many factors in the "myth" of the Bermuda Triangle.