The Devil’s Sea or Dragon’s Triangle is one of the 12 Vile Vortices, which is located near the Japanese coast in the Pacific Ocean. Vile Vortex is an area where the pull of the planet’s electromagnetic waves is the strongest. The Devil’s sea is a triangle between Japan and the Islands of Bonin, including a major portion of the Philippine Sea. It is also called as the Pacific Bermuda Triangle as it lies exactly opposite to the Bermuda Triangle and is noted for similar paranormal phenomena. Here the ships and planes have disappeared mysteriously. Many have seen ghosts’ ships in the sea. The Japanese therefore call it the Sea of the Devil (Ma-no Umi).
The sea has been in news for several centuries for its unexplained events. The name Dragon originates from the old fables dating back to 1000 B.C.E. Chinese believed that there was a huge dragon in the sea that pulled the ships and the air-crafts to satisfy their hunger. There are many stories about the disappearance of the sea-going vessels and the aircrafts.
In the 1200s, Kublai Khan’s tried several times to invade Japan by crossing the Devil’s Sea. In this process he lost his vessels and 40,000 men in the area of the triangle. In the early 1800s many have claimed to have seen a mysterious lady sailing in a ship in that area. In 1952 the Japanese government sent out a research vessel, the Kaio Maru No. 5, to investigate the mysteries of the Devil’s Sea. The Kaio Maru No. 5 and its crew of 31 people disappeared. The Japanese government then declared the place unsafe for marine voyaging and transporting in 1950s.
Several investigations were carried out on the Dragon’s Triangle. Charles Berlitz published a book on his research, “The Dragon’s Triangle” in 1989. He stated that in the period between 1952 to 1954, five Japanese military vessels were lost with over 700 people.
In 1995, Larry Kusche published a book “The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved”. In his book he reports that the vessels mentioned in Berlitz’s research were actually fishing vessels and many of them went missing outside the Dragon’s triangle. He also reported about the lost Kaio Maru No.5. The vessel was actually destroyed by an undersea volcano on September 24, 1952. Some parts of the wreckage were later recovered by the Japanese government. Kusche’s point out those volcanoes, seismic events and other natural occurrences cause most of the “paranormal” activity within the Dragon’s Triangle. The Dragon’s Triangle is a volcanically active area; due to both volcanoes and seismic activity, small islands in the area frequently disappear and new islands appear.
Many researches indicate the natural environment changes as a cause of the controversial happenings. It should also be noted that the Dragon’s Triangle is not plotted officially on any global map so the exact size and the perimeter of the triangle is unknown. Though there are scientific reasons provided , people still believe that there are some forces beyond science and laws of nature that are acting on the Devil’s Sea. Others believe the UFO’s and USO’s (unidentified submerged objects) to be the cause.
With all the speculations, Dragon’s Triangle still remains as one of the world’s most interesting mysteries.