People love getting involved in the mysterious and wondrous things in the world, no matter how stupid they seem.
One of those topics is the Bermuda Triangle, an area where boats and planes are reported to have gone missing. Now, apparently, the mystery surrounding the area in the North Atlantic Ocean has ‘thickened’, due to an island sporadically appearing.
The island is said to be off the tip of Cape Point in Buxton, North Carolina, near the Triangle, The Sun reports.
It surfaced recently and was dubbed Shelley Island due to the vast amount of shells covering the sand. It is one mile long and more than 400 feet wide.
Back in April, visitor Janice Regan said it ‘was just a little bump’ after she and her 11-year-old grandson explored it.
“Sharks up to five feet long and stingrays as large as the hood of a truck have been spotted prowling beneath the surface,” Bill Smith, president of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, said. “We’re worried about shark bites but we’re even more worried about drownings.”
Because of the dangers, and the tough access to the island, Dave Hallac, superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has warned people not to try and get to it, either by walking or swimming across the strong current between the mainland and the island.
Last year, scientists reckoned they had finally solved the centuries old mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.
The 500,000 square kilometres area in the North Atlantic Ocean has been blamed for the loss of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships. It had never previously been properly explained what had happened to the aircraft and vessels.
Scientists think that hexagonal clouds that create 170mph ‘wind air bombs’ are to blame. Apparently, these ‘bombs’ are powerful enough to flip over ships and cause planes to fall from the sky, the Mirror reports.
Dr Steve Miller, a satellite meteorologist at Colorado State University, has spent a lot of time looking at the cloud formations over that area and he thinks these particular clouds are to blame.
Speaking to the Science Channel’s ‘What on Earth’ programme, he said: “You don’t typically see straight edges with clouds. Most of the time, clouds are random in their distribution.”
Dr Steve and his team then used radar satellites to measure the winds at sea level under these clouds and that was when they found them to be moving at up to 170mph. With wind speeds like these, 45ft waves are possible (that’s quite a tempest), which is enough to drag a boat under the water.