A recently aired National Geographic special — that was partially filmed in Bermuda — aims to more deeply explore the ominous reputation of the Bermuda Triangle by virtually draining the waters surrounding Bermuda in order to learn more about the landscape beneath the legendary waters.
The makers of the special, titled “Drain the Bermuda Triangle,” used sonar in order to pierce the ocean surface and reveal the Bermuda Triangle from the ground up.
The special’s official synopsis says, “In this one-hour special, National Geographic Channel explores the Bermuda Triangle’s ominous reputation by draining the water from it to see what exactly lies below the surface of the mythical triangle. With the aid of data from sophisticated sonar surveys, see what the ocean floor looks like below the Bermuda Triangle.”
The special is partially set in Bermuda itself, with LookBermuda serving as the on-island production company handling local logistics. People featured in the film include Bermuda’s Custodian of Historic Wrecks Dr. Philippe Rouja and the Curator of the Natural History Museum Dr. Struan Smith.
National Geographic’s Drain the Bermuda Triangle Special
The special opens by saying, “December 1945: A squadron of U.S. navy planes vanishes off Florida’s coast. March 1918: A huge U.S. navy cargo ship en route to Baltimore is lost without a trace.
“Over the years, many more ships and planes disappear within a 450,000 square mile zone of open ocean. A source of intrigue, legend, and fear. This is the Bermuda Triangle.
“Now, using new technology, we can strip away the water layer by layer and unveil a hidden landscape. We’ll drain the Bermuda Triangle, working our way deeper and deeper to explore its darkest corners, tackling some of the Triangle’s greatest mysteries. When the water is fully drained, what will we find at the bottom of the Bermuda Triangle?
“Bermuda, an island oasis 650 miles off the east coast of the United States. For centuries, it’s been a refuge for Atlantic shipping, but the island’s waters conceal a deadly threat,” added the narrator.
Bermuda’s Dr. Philippe Rouja then says,”At the same time as being incredibly attractive, Bermuda also represents a serious no go area for mariners without specific Bermuda experience.”
The narrator then continues, “Bermuda’s name comes to strike fear into the hearts of sailors and earns a reputation as the Isle of Devils.”