The wolds most dreaded seas by sailors

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The seas and oceans of the world hide many mysteries and surprises, yet they have areas that fill those who sail there primarily with dread and not admiration. The Bermuda Triangle is one of the most infamous areas, where countless ships have seemingly inexplicably found their way to Davy Jones' Locker - but there are other waters surrounded by dark secrets.

Wreck underwater

They are places where far more ships sank than anywhere else in the world. Why is that? (Source: pixabay.com / joakant; modified: Richárd Seres-Nagy; License: Pixabay License (Free for commercial use; No attribution required); License link: https://pixabay.com/service/license/; Link: https://pixabay.com/photos/wreck-underwater-diving-water-sea-1656519/)

The Bermuda Triangle

The three peaks of the Bermuda Triangle in the North Atlantic are defined by Bermuda, Florida, and Puerto Rico, and ominous rumors have been swirling around for a long time since several ships, boats, and even planes disappeared here. Some go so far as to assume that there is a wormhole in the area leading to another dimension, possibly outright aliens are taking the vehicles, not the depth.

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The area began to draw attention in December 1945, after five U.S. Navy planes mysteriously disappeared during exercise.

The fourteen people on the planes disappeared without a trace that day, and a little later the plane sent to search for and rescue the missing people with thirteen people onboard also inexplicably disappeared.

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Following the infamous incidents, several ships disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle, such as the SS Marine Sulfur Queen - with 39 people on board - in 1963, or the USS Cyclops - with 309 people on board - in 1918.

The sargasso sea

The only sea that is bounded by four currents forming an ocean gyre The sea is bounded on the west by the Gulf Stream, on the north by the North Atlantic Current, on the east by the Canary Current, and on the south by the North Atlantic Equatorial Current. Due to the currents that drift various substances into the water, there is an enormous amount of algae called Sargassum (golf grass) here, which is a dark tinted, brownish, invasive seaweed.

However calm it may seem, those who venture here despite the "mysteries" that surround it may not find it so. The place is one of the most intimidating waters due to there have been several occasions of unmanned ships being spotted. For example, in 1840, a French merchant ship crossed the Sargasso Sea with full sails- but as it turned out later, without a single trace of a crew.

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In addition to the unexplained disappearances, nineteenth-century descriptions also included a "predatory sea plant" living in the sea that allegedly snatched the sailors and left only the ship. The latter, of course, is very unlikely...

The Japanese Devil's Sea

The Japanese Devil's Sea is often referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of the Pacific as a result of the strange cases that occurred here. The area around Miyake Island, about 60 miles from Tokyo, is also called the Dragon Triangle due to ancient legends that dragons lived off the coast of Japan.

In the late 1980s, Charles Berlitz wrote a book on the mystery of the Dragon Triangle, where paranormal phenomena thought to be discovered. Before the book was written, supposedly five Japanese military ships went missing with more than 700 sailors, in peacetime, between 1952 and 1954.

After these events, the Yokohama Coast Guard Office had classified it as a special danger area. Later, however, it turned out that it was not warships but fishing boats that disappeared, and some of them outside the Devil's Sea.

It is also worth noting that at that time it was not uncommon for ships to disappear around Japan the bad weather and the piracy caused a lot of loss at the time.

May 2020