It doesn't look any different from other parts of the ocean. The waters are blue and deep, waves lap at the sandy shores of beaches, and seagulls fly through the air. But something is very wrong. At least once a year, a plane or a ship disappears in this area, never to be heard from again.
This mysterious place is called the Bermuda Triangle. It is easy to find the Bermuda Triangle on a map. It runs from the Bermuda Islands, south to Puerto Rico, and West to Miami, Florida. The area covers about forty-four thousand square miles.
Since 1945, over one hundred ships and planes, and more than a thousand people have been lost in this strange area. There are rarely any signs of wreckage or bodies found after disappearance. It's as if the ocean has swallowed everything.
Not every ship or plane that passes through the Triangle disappears. In fact, it is a well traveled area. Planes and ships move through the waters everyday without seeing anything unusual. And yet strange events keep happening.
The Carol A. Deering was a large schooner. One stormy morning in January of 1929, it sailed into the Diamond Shoals at the Cape Hatteras coast Guard station in North Carolina. The ship had it's sails up. The rescue team that set out for the ship couldn't believe that the schooner would be in full sail on such a stormy day. If sails had been trimmed or lowered, it would have never landed on the shoals.
Because of the weather, it took four days for the rescue team to get to the boat. When they did, they couldn't believe their eyes. Not one person was on board. On the stove was a meal of soup, meat, and vegetables. It seemed that the ship had been abandoned shortly before a dinner meal. But there didn't seem to be a reason for the crew to have left the ship. There was nothing wrong with the vessel. It seemed the crew had left in a very orderly fashion. The ships papers, records, and chronometer w