What really goes on in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle?

The Bermuda Triangle (also known as the Devil’s Triangle) has long been shrouded in mystery as several vessels have disappeared without a trace while navigating the feared stretch of ocean.

Spanning 1.5 million square miles between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, the location is most notably blamed for the disappearance of Flight 19.

Flight 19 consisted of a group of five navy torpedo bombers and 14 crewmen, who entered the triangle and suddenly reported mechanical and navigational issues.

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Flight 19 officially disappeared from the Bermuda Triangle on December 5, 1945. Source: Getty Images

“Everything is going haywire, we don’t know where we are, the water is green,” the lead pilot said in his last transmission.

Shortly after this transmission, the group were never heard from again, and today, 77 years later, we still don't have definitive answers about what happened to the missing navy unit.

Futurist, philosopher and strategist Dr Richard Hames told Yahoo News’ Conspiracy Unpacked Series that Flight 19 is “the most difficult to explain away.”

“There’s so much we don’t know,” he said.

Are sea monsters lurking in the Bermuda Triangle?

While the stories of sea monsters lurking in the deep might seem straight out of a Sci-Fi movie, the presence of a Kraken-like monster in the Bermuda Triangle has long been a source of intrigue.

However Dr Hames likened the presence of sea monsters to a much more plausible natural phenomena.

“When we talk about sea monsters, I’m more inclined to think of the eruption of methane hydrates which are these bubbles of methane, sometimes called mud volcanoes, which are violent enough to sink smaller vessels,” he said.

Dr Hames also explained that the gulf stream, an Atlantic Ocean current, would disperse any wreckage quickly, causing it to appear as though the vessel disappeared without a trace.

UFOs and the Lost City of Atlantis: 'Can't rule it out'

UFOs and the Lost City of Atlantis are also commonly blamed for affecting equipment in the Bermuda Triangle. Although experts believe there may be a much simpler explanation.

“It's impossible to write that off entirely, but I’m fairly sceptical,” Dr Hames told Yahoo News’ Conspiracies Unpacked.

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Dr Hames previously told Yahoo News' Conspiracies Unpacked that it's "highly unlikely" we are alone in the universe. Source: Getty Images

“Magnetism is very interesting because true north is different from magnetic north, so you do get variations in compass readings and sometimes in that stretch of water particularly, compasses can go haywire,” he said.

Dr Hames said that wild weather, hurricanes and downdrafts are likely to blame for the disappearances in the Devil’s Triangle, however admitted “it’s still quite a mystery.”

Although natural phenomena may be to blame for vessel disappearances, most pilots and boat captains continue to avoid the area for fear of succumbing to the same fate as Flight 19.

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