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Bermuda Triangle of the Pacific: Devil’s Sea Connected with Missing Ships and Other Strange Phenomena

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The Devil’s Sea, otherwise known as the Dragon’s Triangle, is a region in the Pacific Ocean that has come to be associated with numerous accounts of disappearing ships and planes, sightings of ghost ships and islands, extreme weather and electro-magnetic disturbances, with historical accounts of strange phenomena stemming back at least 3,000 years. In ancient China, it was believed that a dragon with insatiable hunger pulled boats into the sea.

The Devil’s Sea (Ma No Umi in Japanese) is approximately located between the Japanese Coast, about 100km south of Tokyo, the east coast of the Philippines, level with Manilla, and the west coast of Guam, a U.S. island territory in Micronesia. It includes a major section of the Philippine Sea.

The Formosa Triangle contains most of the northeast Philippine Sea.

The Formosa Triangle contains most of the northeast Philippine Sea. ( Public domain )

The Twelve Vile Vortices

The Devil’s Sea region is purported to be one of twelve ‘Vile Vortices’ on the planet, a term coined by Scottish biologist Ivan T. Sanderson, who catalogued them as sites of high electromagnetic aberrations. The twelve sites are located in a pattern around the Earth, and are situated at the same latitudes north and south of the equator, the most famous one being The Bermuda Triangle. Sanderson posited that the electromagnetic disturbances are caused by hot and cold currents crossing at these points, which could affect navigational instruments in vessels and perhaps account for missing ships and planes, and other mysterious phenomena.

Map showing the approximate locations of the Vile Vortices

Map showing the approximate locations of the Vile Vortices ( Public domain )

The Dragon with The Insatiable Hunger

The ill-fated region was known about by the ancient Chinese, with old fables referring to it as far back as 1,000 BC. According to mythological accounts, a huge dragon inhabited this area of sea and lay in wait for any vessel to pass. The dragon with the insatiable hunger would drag any boat that crossed its path into the sea, never to be seen of again.

“Realistically, since this part of the oceanic area is full of subsea volcanoes, it has been speculated, debated and discussed that the eruptions from these volcanoes could have initiated and substantiated the premise of dragons sucking in ships and its crew to the ocean’s depths,” writes Marine Insight .  “The fire-breathing monsters of legend may well have been volcanic eruptions.”

Nine Dragons by Chen Rong, 13th century

Nine Dragons by Chen Rong, 13 th century ( Public domain )

Historical Events in the Devil’s Sea

During the 13th century, the Mongols, led by Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, attempted two major invasions of Japan in 1274 and 1281 AD. However, on both occasions, the Mongol fleet had to cross the Devil’s Sea but were obliterated in extreme weather, forcing the attackers to abandon their plans and fortuitously saving Japan from foreign conquest. The Japanese believed the typhoons had been sent from the gods to protect them from their enemies.  Today, divers are still recovering ruins from the Mongol fleets that were destroyed in their journey across the Devil’s Sea. But the remains of the tens of thousands of soldiers that perished have long gone.

Other historical reports include a sighting in the 1800s of a mysterious lady sailing in a ship in the Dragon’s triangle. It’s identity and destination were unknown and no one ever discovered who she was and what she was doing alone in the Devil’s Sea.

In the 1940s and 50s, numerous fishing boats were lost in the Devil’s Sea, somewhere between Miyake Island and Iwo Jima, a distance of 1200 km (750 miles), and in 1952, the Japanese government sent a research vessel called Kaio Maru No. 5 to investigate. But it too met its end in the Dragon’s Triangle. Its wreck was later recovered but the 31 crew members were not. The government subsequently deemed the Devil’s Sea unsafe for marine voyaging and transportation.

Miyake Island from Kozu Island

Miyake Island from Kozu Island ( CC by SA 3.0 )

The Devils Sea Explained?

Legends and mysterious accounts connected with the Devil’s Sea shot to fame in the late 1980s after Charles Berlitz published a book titled ‘The Dragon’s Triangle’. According to Berlitz, the Devil's Sea is every bit as dangerous and mysterious as the Bermuda Triangle, with over 700 people losing their lives there between 1952 and 1954.

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