Video: National Geographic’s Triangle Film

December 19, 2014

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.”

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  1. Sky Pilot says:

    I have watched this Nat.Geo Film,it is fascinating to watch!

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  2. cicada says:

    A 30 nm No-Go zone, and the flashing light and RACON Beacons at North Rock, NE Breaker, Kitchen Shoals, Chub Head and Eastern Blue Cut were installed in the 1980s to prevent further ship wrecks. Bermuda Radio man the radar tower at Fort George 24hrs a day with a Vessel Traffic Coastal Radar Surveillance (VTS) system to keep boats traveling to and past Bermuda well away from our reefs.

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    • Terry says:

      Very true "cicada".

      400+ years ago and less there were no charts, beacons et al.

      Bermuda, being such a small land mass and surrounded my left over land (coral reefs) was a hazard that none knew off.

      Thus all the wrecks.

      I watched it but I was not really impressed because the issues I just addressed were never part of it.

      Shalom.

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      • cicada says:

        The article ends by saying Bermuda represents a threat to sailors that strikes fear in their hearts. It seemed fair to mention Bermuda actually has been actively preventing ship wrecks for decades.

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  3. Hannah says:

    That was beyond boasty!!!! From 6:50-8:05 gave me chills...

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  4. yee haw says:

    cool

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  5. Carolee V. Mallory-Flores says:

    Very informative and absolutely fascinating. Born and raised in Bermuda and always wondered about the Bermuda Triangle.

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  6. bathy says:

    Also check out on YouTube the similar Drain the Great Lakes film by the same production house. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lWeYa0_5bc

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  7. Jacki Robinson says:

    Lionfish at 15:43 - EAT EM TO BEAT EM

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    • Weldon Wade says:

      Lionfish at 16:03 - Eat 'em to Beat 'em!

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  8. Weldon Wade says:

    Awesome!

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  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    I can't begin to count the times I have been asked about the Bermuda Triangle. The fact is that in the past 100 years very little has disappeared without an explainable trace.

    Before modern vessels, aids to navigation & communications mysterious things seemed to happen with regularity.

    We don't market the Island using the lore of the Bermuda Triangle. We really should. Americans love that stuff.

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    • Davie Kerr says:

      I'd respectfully argue that point, TD. What about the Cyclops, a large USN coal carrier that vanished during WW1? What about the planes mentioned at the beginning of the film clip? What about the planes that went out to search for them? What about the two passenger aircraft flying from the UK to Bermuda in the late '40s-early '50s?

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  10. That's a given says:

    Absolutely, mention that your from Bermuda and it's almost guaranteed the the first question that you'll get relates to the Bermuda Triangle.

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