Students Ask What Do Locals Think Of Triangle?

March 3, 2015

Two students from the Netherlands, who are doing a school project about the Bermuda Triangle, are asking for feedback about how Bermuda residents perceive the Bermuda Triangle and all the stories that surround it.

The students have posed a series of questions that they would like locals to answer, such as what we think about the stories surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, and whether we believe the Triangle to have an impact on our tourism and business landscapes.

The students said, “We are Verena and Cynthia and we are from the Netherlands. We have to make a report for school. This investigation is about the Bermuda Triangle. In order to make it perfect, we need the opinion from the inhabitants of Bermuda.”

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“We chose Bermuda because everyone is able to speak English and of course it is the main island. If you say Bermuda, you immediately think about the Bermuda Triangle. We are doing this for a school project that is very important for our exams. We hope you could help us out.

“We have some questions that we hope you could fill in for us. The questions are made for inhabitants of Bermuda,” the students added.

  1. How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?
  2. Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense?
  3. Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]?
  4. Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?

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If you can assist these students and provide your thoughts as to what you, as a local, think of the Bermuda Triangle in general and their questions in particular, please leave a comment below and we will pass all feedback onto the students!

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  1. lou matthews says:

    Equivalent to Big Foot, Loch Ness, Atlantis…

  2. Smh says:

    I think it is unfortunate that even to this day, when I say that I am from Bermuda, people only think of “The Bermuda Triangle” and don’t even know that Bermuda is a country. Many of the mysteries of the triangle have very scientific reasons, while others are simply sensationalized myths. I believe Investors and tourists that come to Bermuda recognize that the hype is simply a lack of knowledge/geography and I don’t think it affects their decisions. The main reason for people not coming to Bermuda is because they don’t know that it’s a fully operational country where modern people live and work. Good luck on the presentation.

  3. skinnydipper says:

    For someone who has sailed in the Bermuda aleast 12 times and had a real experience in the trinagle i am with lou big foot..loch ness…atlantis…what a pack of nonesence..

  4. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL says:

    Answers:
    1 – About the stories, in this day and age I am still baffled that people in today’s world believe in the non-sense that is the Bermuda triangle – ships mysteriously disappearing, sea monsters pulling ships underwater, giant whirlpools, etc.
    2 – I absolutely do not and will not believe in any of the stories. Facts are present every day that disprove the theories. Ships and planes sale and fly directly through the proposed triangle on a daily basis. I for one have gone fishing to the South of the Island in the “triangles” vicinity. Matter of fact, a vast majority of the islands fisherman do their day to day fishing in that specific area.
    3 – Regarding pulling tourists, I am sure it pulls many of them as some tourists seem to always ask about the mysteries surrounding the legend. So pulling them in terms of visiting our island as opposed to pulling them to never be found again is just is more fitting.
    4 – I’d say no. Investors and companies do not come here for the triangle, that would be idiotic. Rather for the various unrelated reasons that can benefit them personally and on the company level in terms of climate, unmatched beauty, pink sandy beaches, friendliness, location, easiness to set up offshore company,etc. I could go on and on as to reasons why people flock to the island, but I must say, if you want to know yourself then let curiosity be your guide and come to Bermuda yourself to get a taste of what the others have been fancying for years.

  5. Toodle-oo says:

    Well , strange things have happened and many have never been able to be fully explained or even explained at all . Does that mean that something is really going on there or not ?

    Back in the 80′s I candidly asked a commercial airline flight crew what they thought of the whole thing.
    Bear in mind these are professionally trained people with a strong back ground in the sciences and not likely to fall for just anything that they hear.

    They said that if truth be known , most pilots if given the chance would avoid the area.

    • JCS says:

      Where on earth did you get the idea that an airline flight crew had a strong background in the sciences????

      Technically Bermuda is not in the triangle, but is a point of the triangle.

  6. Quinton Berkely Butterfield says:

    Q. How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?

    A. Absolute rubbish. All stories of myth, no evidence of anything supernatural.

    Q. Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense?

    A. Again, I do not believe any of it.

    Q. Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]?

    I think it hurts Bermuda in an aspect. I have actually heard someone say they would not travel to Bermuda because of the triangle. It may encourage paranormal-excited tourist, maybe.

    Q. Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?

    A. Not at all

  7. Niceness says:

    I think it’s cool. It’s part of our history. Although not always accurate, it’s a conversation piece. Bermuda has a lot to offer outside of this topic but it’s our duty to expand on this. I think some of the disappearances are true but due to different/practical things. I think it scares tourist away if anything. (If that’s all they’re basing BDA off of) People I talk to are scared to visit because they legitimately think they will disappear as silly as it may seem. I don’t think they come here because of the BDA triangle, but do think it can be a metaphor for how they get stuck here 

  8. Here in Bermuda says:

    1.How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?
    I think the stories are interesting and are as a result of the lack of technology back then when ships and planes were in the area called the “Bermuda Triangle”. Many storms caused ships to be shipwreck and planes to crash, I am assuming.. because they did not have the technology to avoid the storm or the reefs that surround Bermuda.

    2.Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense?
    I believe the above in relation to the stories. I don’t believe there is an electrical current that exist.

    3.Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]?
    I think many tourists come to Bermuda with the Bermuda Triangle on their minds…some may want to find out the truth and others don’t believe the hype. We need to create a tourist attraction that speaks to the myth of the Bermuda Triangle and maybe attract people to Bermuda as you say.
    Come to Bermuda and experience the Triangle.

    4.Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?
    No, not at all. But you know you can come and invest in Bermuda and there will be no mystery about your investment. You will know exactly what you need to know to watch your money grow.
    Bermuda is the place…with our without the Triangle.

  9. Oh no says:

    1. The stories are crazy. Its just like the Yeti, the Lochness monster, or big foot. I don’t think anyone actually believes them, except maybe the producers of the Discovery channel.

    2. Nonsense. There are so many areas of ocean with lost boats and planes. Just ask Malaysian Airlines.

    3. There’s no such thing as bad publicity. It may draw a few, but I highly doubt it stops any from coming.

    4. I’m sure the USA thinks the Bermuda triangle is where its tax money goes to disappear! I think the Bermuda triangle has just as much an impact on business as business has an impact on the Bermuda triangle.

  10. Andrew says:

    1.How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?

    I think it’s fun to believe in mysteries and fantasies, but I do not think there is truth to the stories. It does add to the charm of the island in a way, because it makes people think about the mysteries of the ocean and the sailing history. It draws my mind back to a time when pirates were on the open ocean, and the sense of adventure that sailors in the past must have felt.

    2.Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense?

    Not at all. Commercial flights have not disappeared. Ships have not disappeared since GPS has been around, and the Bermuda triangle is one of the most well-travelled shipping areas in the world. In the past, many ships crashed onto the reefs, which I’m sure were unexpected because Bermuda is made up of islands on their own in the middle of the ocean.

    3.Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]?

    I think tourists are drawn to the beaches, the ocean, the golf, and the weather. The concept of the Bermuda Triangle adds some mystery, especially for any divers who might be hoping to come across a new discovery. But overall, I think the Bermuda Triangle just supplies tourists with jokes to make about their trip.

    We’ve heard them all, by the way.

    4.Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?

    Not likely. The regulatory environment draws businesses in. The beaches, weather, and lifestyle makes the workers want to stay.

  11. Voice of Reason says:

    1. How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?

    I believe they are myths from days when technology was not very good, embellishing the reasons behind it. Remember that not too long ago, we were not able to see a hurricane coming and many pass through this area. It’s notoriously rough.

    2. Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense?

    I believe there may elements of truth in certain theories, such as pockets of nitrogen trapped under the surface that if released, could cause a ship to sink. Likewise, metals contained in the seabed or storms could conceivably mess up navigation instruments for old ships and planes. Look up St. Elmos fire for interesting insight on ‘weird’ phenomenon.

    3. Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]?

    It should pull more! But the lucky ones who make it generally come back :)

    4. Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?

    No.

  12. Longtaill says:

    Idk…. but I’ve had a lot of things gone missing on this island.

  13. Triangle Drifter says:

    I am somewhat biased, for obvious reasons, when it comes to the topic of the Bermuda Triangle. Like most locals I believe it is all mythology however, like Bigfoot, Nessie, Roswell, NM, ghost hunts all over, tourists love this kind of thing.

    The Bermuda Triangle is our biggest unpromoted asset. “Bermuda Triangle Survivor” hats, T shirts, drinks, themed activities should be everywhere. It does not matter what we think. What our customers want is what counts.

    Guaranteed, in my tourism days, one of the first questions asked from clients would be The Bermuda Triangle.

  14. Haley says:

    1.How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?

    I would say that the Bermuda Triangle has no direct impact on my life. We hear about it and we are asked about it when we travel overseas. I don’t like the type of attention and silly questions it brings such as…”do you row through it”, “How do you manage to fly home on the plane through it?”, and my favorite “What’s the Bermuda Triangle like?”

    2.Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense?

    Personally I don’t really believe in it, but I would not directly sail or fly into it. Just as a precaution.

    3.Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]?

    Many tourist come here for our pink sands, beautiful scenery, and friendly local hospitality. I personally have not met a tourist yet who has come for the triangle. I would imagine that it would be a deteerant to most.

    4.Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?

    Bermuda has a reputation for being a tax haven. We currently have about 1,200 insurance and reinsurance companies listed in our books as being located here. I believe that the Bermuda Triangle has nothing to do with our islands sucess in drawing businesses.

    • St. D says:

      Re the row through the Triangle questions, I love telling people that there is one section of the coast we can’t row along so we can’t actually row around the whole Island. It is plain weird to think someone would actually believe that …

  15. Kat says:

    1. How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?
    I think it’s fun. It’s great to be famous for something with people who’ve never been here to see the natural beauty and experience the amazing friendliness. The other two corners of the Triangle don’t seem to get any publicity for it. And most of the incidents attributed to the Triangle happened closer to them than to us! It makes for a good souvenir tee shirt too.

    2. Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense? I believe that there have been disappearances that have not been explained. Do I believe something within the Triangle was the cause? No. The storms in the area can be pretty bad. But from my understanding, the occurrence of ships and planes going down in this area is no greater or less than similar areas in the world.

    3. Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]? I hope that’s not the reason people choose to come here. Not bad if that’s how they know of us, but I hope it’s the ‘real’ stuff that actually draws them here. But I guess if they were going to choose one place within the Triangle, we’re the safest (as mentioned, most of the incidents took place further south).

    4. Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?
    No, the stories started long before serious international investors hit our shores. But it could have been a Triangle Incident that brought our first settlers!

    Hope you get a good grade!

  16. cratt says:

    1. It’s a fact that disappearances have occurred, there have been international and local incidents. However the incidents do not occur consistently so there is doubt surrounding ‘why’ & ‘if’ it is real…

    2. I believe most of the stories have some merit as they cannot be explained.

    3. Tourist come for our pink sand, clear water and friendly natives, not the triangle stories.

    4. :-) that is very funny, the ‘triangle’ existed long before international business/investors were in Bermuda. The first recorded incident was way back in 1909.

    Hope you get an A+

  17. Bawt* says:

    i think de triangle is a wicked place to get hot in!! Mah rum!!!

  18. St. D says:

    1. How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?
    I think the stories exist today just like they did in yesteryear – to explain the fact that we as humans can’t know, control or predict everything. And therefore when bad things happen, they must have been caused by something supernatural.
    2. Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense?
    I assume that if the disappearances happened now with today’s technology then there would not be a mystery. It would be investigated until the cause was found.
    3. Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]?
    I can’t imagine why. If they think it is real then they fly or cruise through it. But you are right, everyone knows about the Triangle.
    4. Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?
    No. Investors want their money in Bermuda to grow it – not to have it disappear in the Triangle! :)

  19. J Starling says:

    Q1 – How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?

    A1 – I think they’re interesting as a modern myth. I do use it when I meet people overseas. People might not know of Bermuda right off the bat, but the minute I say ‘you know, the Bermuda triangle’ – or with people with less English I just make a triangle symbol and say ‘Bermuda’ – and people know what I’m talking about. Well, they probably still don’t have a clue where Bermuda is or anything more about it, but at least we’ve got a useful reference point. Makes a pretty good ice-breaker/conversation starter.

    Q2 – Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense?

    A2 – I think there’s an element of truth in them. There usually are with myths. But I think the truth is a lot more mundane than the fantasy. I reckon it originated just like Area 51 in the US. We had a major US military presence during the second half of the 20th Century, and I’m pretty sure they used the area (between major US bases in Florida and Puerto Rico) almost as a testing area for various prototypes, as well as just generally had present planes and technologies that they didn’t reveal right away. I’m pretty sure I recall seeing stealth fighters and V-22 Osprey’s as a child, before they were officially existing, in a public sense. And I think the US at least didn’t discourage (but likely actively encouraged) some of the myths of UFO’s and such as some sort of cover or disinformation.

    And there’s certainly other factors. I understand compasses in the area can point to true north rather than magnetic north, and that can cause problems; beyond that, it’s a vast area of deep ocean, and accidents do happen.

    I reckon all of these factors combined to create the myth.

    Q3 – Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]?

    A3 – I don’t really think it has much of an effect for encouraging tourism. It gives us great name recognition, and we get some pretty good name/brand penetration as a result. But I don’t think anyone says ‘hey, I’m going to go to Bermuda because of the triangle’. I’m sure tourists on their way here crack jokes about it, but I doubt that’s really influenced their decision to visit.

    But we can certainly build on the name penetration it provides for tourism purposes. I’m sure we could even build a whole marketing campaign around it. ‘Stressed out at work? Tired of the concrete jungle? Come and lose your stress in the Bermuda triangle’ Something like that. I’m not a marketing expert, they’d come up with something catchier, lol.

    Q4 – Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?

    A4 – Nope, not at all. Although I can see campaigners using it to talk about tax evasion with money disappearing into the Bermuda triangle, etc.

  20. Nae.24601 says:

    1. How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?

    The stories became exaggerated mysteries but they are more coincidental than anything. People are paranoid.

    2. Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense?

    I think there is some truth to the disappearances of vessels within the “Triangle”. But back when the disappearances and equipment malfunctions first happened, people didn’t know what to think. We have more knowledge and understanding to come up with theories about what happened. The area of the “Triangle” has been said to have more weather intense conditions. The North Atlantic ocean helps to generate and intensify hurricanes and the Gulf of Mexico may also have something to do with it since it is close by.

    3. Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]?

    It causes concern for people who have only heard about the Bermuda Triangle and not Bermuda itself. So many of us (Bermudians) have met people who think we live in mud houses and wear grass skirts because we live in a remote area in the middle of the ocean. They think we are IN the Triangle when really the island makes the tip OF the Triangle. When they know that people, including us, travel in and out of Bermuda without mysteriously disappearing, they come.

    4. Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?

    No, I think they want people to come and not stay away. Myths are passed down through generations and stay with us because it has become a part of history.

  21. Arthur- Atlanta says:

    Some people get so uptight when visitors or foreigners ask about the Bermuda Triangle but I use it here in Atlanta as a wedge to promote Bermuda tourism. When ever I start a teaching class, my accent always raises the question “Where am I from?” When I say Bermuda the next question is always something like you mean the Bermuda with the triangle and what’s up with that? I was asked those questions so many times that now i include them as part of my opening to my classes. I tell them that in a nutshell those disappearing ships/planes events took place during pre modern day weather forecasting and pre-radar that can detect underwater objects like reefs which has claimed untold number of ships (even in modern day shipping boats hit the reefs) I then turn the topic into our crystal blue waters, pink and white sand beaches, friendly people, 1 car per household, mopeds and catching the sweetest drinking water right of our roofs. In the past 6 months alone I have given that ‘Bermuda pre class talk’ to hundreds and hundreds of Atlanta residents and on quite a few occasions, I had to really cut it short because they want to know more and more about Bermuda life and less about the reason they came for the class. lol.

  22. james says:

    the megladon lives there

  23. TRIANGLE CRAFT says:

    The Bermuda Triangle is the device that the PLP put in place which sucks down all the hopes and dreams of Bermudians into the abyss!

  24. Kayla says:

    1. How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?
    It both amuses and annoys me because it’s a purely American invention with no real roots in local lore or legend. I grew up and have lived here my whole life, and I cannot think of one instance where an actual local has mentioned or cared about the Bermuda Triangle in any way. Yet, when I’m overseas it’s all anyone ever knows about our country. I don’t think we even have a tourist attraction here for it, but if I go onto Netflix I can find at least one documentary about the big ~mystery~ produced by some US company who doesn’t know anything about us…

    2. Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense?
    Absolute nonsense.

    3. Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]?
    I have frequent interactions with tourists and besides some jokes about them being ~worried~ about flying or cruising through — they don’t seem to care about the Triangle at all. They come here because it is beautiful and an easily reachable destination.

    4. Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?
    Absolutely not, it’s all the tax breaks and stability and beauty the island offers. That’s it.

  25. Bernews says:

    Thank you to everyone who responded :-)

  26. ⚠️ says:

    How do you think about all the stories or mysteries that exist about the Bermuda Triangle?
    I don’t believe in any of the stories or mysteries.

    Do you believe them [or some of them] or do you think it is absolutely nonsense?
    Nonsense

    Does it pull many tourists [because in our picture it pulls a lot of tourists, but we are not sure about that]?
    I think people who don’t live in Bermuda are curious about the Bermuda Triangle, and that may draw them to the island. On the other hand I believe tourists come for good weather, beaches, culture and friendly people.

    Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle has to do something with the many investors and companies that are settled in Bermuda?
    Ehhhh no …. People invest in Bermuda because: Tax free, good location ( ex: close to North America), no big name brands- a lot of local businesses, also we use Bermudian money and American and many more

  27. yours truly says:

    I think the triangle theory is really cool and its a shame Bermuda doesnt sell it more often. I believe some mystery exist whether its in our minds doesn’t really matter. There are many mysteries unsolved on this planet. It makes for good conversation and earns the respect of our fisherman. Long live the Bermuda Triangle and the Isles of Devils!