Alien abductions, electronic fog, rogue waves, methane gas, vortexes and unusual phenomena; many strange incidents have occurred within the 500,000 square-mile enigma known as the Bermuda Triangle, and these are only a few of the elements blamed for countless ship and plane wrecks which have littered the Atlantic Ocean within the borders of Miami, Florida, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Bermuda.
A new team of investigators hopes to uncover some historical answers as to what may have happened there in the new reality show, The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters.
So, what makes this one different from all the other buried-treasure type of shows currently airing on History? For one thing, it’s mostly about the location. No place evokes the emotions of fear and fascination, dread and disaster quite like mentioning the words “Bermuda Triangle.” While some skeptics have dismissed the location as an urban legend, the maritime black hole involving navigation and orientation errors dates back to Christopher Columbus’ journeys.
Another reason this program feels unique? It’s one of the rare buried-treasure shows that’s not produced by Prometheus Entertainment, which looks and feels different from the others, probably closest to Lost Gold of World War II than anything else (and its lack of online presence doesn’t bode well for its longevity). Add the fact that two major finds are discovered within the very first episode and it’s already more successful than all the rest!
Whether described as a conspiracy or not, Marine Biologist/wreck diver Mike Barnette hopes to solve some of the mysteries, one wreck at a time. By speaking to local fishermen, he has spent decades gathering intel and labeling a map with exact GPS coordinates of unidentified wrecks to explore. Mike and his crew have so far identified 50 shipwrecks within the Triangle, including the S.S. Cotopaxi (which made an appearance in Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind).
“The Bermuda Triangle doesn’t give up her secrets very easily…”
Making up Mike’s crew are military historian David O’Keefe, pilot and combat veteran Jason O. Harris, investigator Wayne Abbott (who’s obsessed with the unusual phenomena found there) and wreck specialist Jimmy Gadomski. In the series premiere, “A Big Find,” the team tries to make sense of the 27 U.S. Navy aviators and crew who vanished in 1945. Their main target is locating the Martin PBM Mariner at two specific locations of underwater debris found just off Cape Canaveral’s coast.
With the assistance of a photogrammetry camera and Fort Lauderdale Naval Museum’s Director John Bloom, along with NASA Program Director Mike Ciannilli, the objects identified prove to be the remains of a F4U Corsair and the Space Shuttle Challenger! I’d say those were two very big finds!
With dozens more locations that need to be investigated, watching this crew work should be fun as they fight the ticking clock of mother nature, which could easily wash away the evidence at any moment.
As a fan of lost history, I’m always interested in learning more about past events that are shrouded in mystery. And since Earth’s oceans seem to be the one true last location that hasn’t been fully explored, I’m really looking forward to discovering what this crew can find.
The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters airs on Tuesday nights at 10/9c on History.