There’s the Bermuda Triangle and then there’s Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle. Almost everyone is familiar with the mystery triangle that shrouds the North-Atlantic Ocean and in recent times, the mention of the Bermuda Triangle does not bring out any reaction other than the ordinary.
But Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle is a different matter altogether. The supposed triangle exists in the state between the city of Juneau and Yakutat in the Southeast; the Barrow mountain ranges in the north and the city of Anchorage right in the centre of Alaska.
To believe that there exists something known as Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle might be difficult – it took years and years to get used to the now-matter-of-fact Bermuda Triangle, but considering the number of missing persons in the nation’s least populated state, believing about Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle becomes a must.
In fact even the Indians native to the state – the Tlingit – are sure about the truth of Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle. According to their folk-lore there exists a man, known as Kushtaka who can shape-shift to an otter and has the ability to lure innocent people and trap them. This theory surrounded by the amount of missing persons list that the state puts up is enough to confirm and verify the truth about Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle.
And unlike the Caribbean Bermuda Triangle, where rescue operations were easy to get underway, when it comes to Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle, it becomes all the more difficult. The region mostly comprises of wilderness, deep forests and a penetrating winter. Additionally, there are untamed wild beasts like the grizzly bears roaming about in these forests and wilderness. And the aspect of coldness adds to the region being almost completely inaccessible and to conduct a rescue operation in these conditions would be like hunting for a needle in a haystack.
The above mentioned accessibility factor is another reason why Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle mystery deepens and gets even more complicated. The region’s statistical data of 2,883 missing persons is adequate proof about the insolvability of Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle. The state ranks 50th among the nation’s population count and if things were easy, finding 2,883 people would be simple enough.
But the fact that the state’s canopy of wilderness attracts people who are deeply interested in hiking, mountain climbing and other adventure activities, it become quite possible that the wilderness ends up taking such people completely unawares. In which case, even despite organising and conducting a rescue mission, searching and finding the missing people becomes next to impossible – thus contributing to the Triangle mystery.
Another example of the state’s alluring yet tricky wilderness would be the death of 24-year old Chris McCandless who perished due to starvation after a 112-day living off the land in Alaska in 1993. His body was found accidently by a moose hunter after four months.
The above example compounded with the reiterated mention of the wilderness and untamed natural environment is the main reason why Alaska has its own Bermuda Triangle. Over the years, it might be easy to prove or disprove Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle theory, but right now considering the number of people who go missing in the triangular part of the sparsely populated state – 4 in every 1000 – it’s easier to believe in the existence of Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle. After all, ‘seeing is’ or in this case, ‘not seeing is… believing.’