BRITISH scientists believe 100ft ‘rogue’ waves could be the reason why so many boats have been sunk in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. The infamous body of water in the western part of the North Atlantic ocean stretches 700,000km between Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto-Rico.
The rogue waves are created when three storms collide in the Bermuda Triangle, experts say. Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, the area features multiple shipping lanes and has claimed over 1,000 lives in the last 100 years.
But experts at the University of Southampton believe the mystery can be explained by a natural phenomenon known as “rogue waves.”
Appearing on Channel 5 documentary The Bermuda Triangle Enigma, the science boffins use indoor simulators to re-create the monster water surges.
Rogue waves – which only last for a few minutes – were first observed by satellites in 1997 off the coast of South Africa. Some have even measured 30 meters (nearly 100ft) high.
The research team built a model of the USS Cyclops, a huge vessel which went missing in the triangle in 1918 claiming 300 lives.
And because of its sheer size and flat base, it does not take long before the model is overcome with water during the simulation.
Dr. Simon Boxall, an ocean and earth scientist, says that the infamous area in the Atlantic can see three massive storms coming together from different directions – the perfect conditions for a rogue wave.
Boxall believes such a surge in water could snap a boat, such as the Cyclops, in TWO.
He said: “There are storms to the south and north, which come together.
“And if there are additional ones from Florida, it can be a potentially deadly form of rogue waves.
“They are steep, they are high — we’ve measured waves in excess of 30m. The bigger the boat gets, the more damage is done.
The latest vanishing was just 2 years ago in 2017 when a plane carrying four individuals disappeared over the scandalous triangle.
The gathering had gone through Mother’s Day in Puerto Rico and was flying back to Florida when their twin-prop plane disappeared from radar. The pursuit was in the end canceled and no bodies were ever found.