Halloween is right around the corner but instead of trick-or-treating, how about going on a mysterious SCUBA diving adventure?
Despite what geologists and physical oceanographers say, some believe that the uniquely formed stones off the coast of Bimini are a path leading to the lost city of Atlantis. But Bimini Road isn’t the only mysterious feature around the island.
Joining with Bimini Road is The Vortex, a “section of energy” northeast of the island where sometimes electronics fail and compasses spin. Could The Vortex be part of the legendary Bermuda Triangle? That’s going to be a hard question to prove, but it certainly fits the Triangle’s profile.
The undefined Bermuda Triangle covers about 500,000 square miles in the west part of the North Atlantic where ships, planes and people have allegedly disappeared without a trace and it has captured people’s imaginations for a long time.
Now, the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina (BBGC) is offering daytrips to The Vortex so visitors can spend a full day snorkeling and diving in the mysterious spot. So far, more than five groups have booked the Bimini Vortex Dive in 2013 and 2014.
“I can’t even begin to explain the Bimini Vortex,” said Diana Weber, Director of Sales and Marketing for BBGC. “I do know it does sometimes have an effect on electronics and divers who have encountered dolphins tell us stories of how they approach quickly and make face-to-face contact.”
Now for the science.
It might be a fun adventure and perhaps dolphins are much more curious in that area, but is there any evidence that the Bermuda Triangle actually exists? Not really.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Military and the U.S. Geological Survey all deny its existence. In a list of FAQs, the U.S. Coast Guard states that it has done a thorough review of aircraft and vessel losses in the area and “does not recognize the existence of the so-called Bermuda Triangle as a geographic area of specific hazard to ships or planes.”
So if it’s not magical or mystical, what causes the ‘unexplained’ disappearances?
According to NOAA, environmental considerations account for most incidents:
- Bad weather. The majority of Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes pass through the Bermuda Triangle and bad weather before the storm can cause problems. Additionally, the Gulf Stream, a strong current to begin with, can sometimes cause rapid, violent changes in weather.
- Navigation errors. There are many islands in the Caribbean Sea and some create areas of shallow water that can cause problems for ships.
Know of any other fun underwater mysteries? Tell us in the comments section below so we can include it in next week’s Halloween post!
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