Unexplained Mystery: The Devil’s Sea – The Dragon’s Triangle

There are tons of mysterious places around the world both on land and in the water – that are difficult to explain logically. The legends of missing vessels and ghost ships drifting without their crew in these locations have made their synonyms to the mystery.

Though the notorious Bermuda triangle tops the list of most mysterious places on this planet, a number of other locations also remain mysterious as much as the former. The Devil’s Sea, also known as the Dragon’s Triangle, is one of such sailors’ nightmares in the waters around the world.

Located near the Japanese coast in the Pacific Ocean, the Devil’s Sea (Ma-no Umi in Japanese) is one of the twelve Vile Vortices located around the earth. Vile vortices are those areas where the pull of the planet’s electromagnetic waves is stronger than anywhere else. As the title indicates, the Dragon’s Triangle extends as a triangle between Japan and the Islands of Bonin, including a major portion of the Philippine Sea.

Geographically, the triangle is located around the Miyake, which is a Japanese island that lies around a hundred kilometres south of Tokyo. However, the exact location of the Devil’s Sea is disputed since several reports claim different distances to the area.

Some reports state that it is 110 km far from Japan’s east coast region, while another claims that it is located near Iwo Jima, a Japanese Volcano Island which is almost 1,200 km from the Japanese coast. Since the Devil’s Sea is not officially included in the map, the actual size and the perimeter of the notorious waters remain unknown.

The area has also been called the Pacific Bermuda Triangle, denoting its position that is precisely opposite to the Bermuda Triangle and the similarities in the “paranormal phenomena” of the area with that of the Bermuda Triangle.

Such an infamous reputation for this oceanic area has been not gained contemporarily but exists for decades and even centuries if some records are to be believed.

The area has been in news for several decades for unexplained incidences of vanishing of ships. According to the legends, the waters of the triangle are notorious for making even the strongest vessels disappear, along with the crew abroad.

Notable Events in the Devil’s Sea

It is said that the conqueror Kublai Khan, the fifth Great Khan of the Mongol Empire and the grandson of Genghis Khan, had tried to make inroads into Japan in 1274 and 1281 AD. However, on both attempts, he failed to invade the country after losing his vessels and 40,000 crew members abroad in this triangular area, reportedly due to typhoons.

As Kublai Khan and his army abandoned the plan to invade Japan, the Japanese believed that it’s God who sent the typhoons to save them from the enemies. Later, strengthening the truth behind the legend, the divers and marine archaeologists have found the remaining Mongol fleets from the region.

Another story doing the rounds tells the sighting of a mysterious lady sailing a vessel in the Devil’s sea in the early 1800s. It is said that the vessel resembled the traditional Japanese equipment for burning incense. However, the destination and identity of the vessel still remain a mystery.

In the later century, especially in the 1940s and 1950s, a number of fishing vessels and over five military vessels were disappeared in the sea, in an area that lies between Miyake Island and Iwo Jima.

As a result, Japan sent a research ship named Kaio Maru No.5 in 1952 to investigate the previously missing vessels that had been reported to have gone missing in the Dragon’s Triangle without any trace.

However, the research vessels with 31 crew members abroad also met the destiny of previous vessels which went to the Devil’s sea. The wreck of the Kaio Maru No.5 was recovered later, but the whereabouts of the crew members were never heard of again.

Following this incident, the Japanese government reportedly declared this area dangerous for marine voyaging and transporting goods. Moreover, as a result of this unprecedented incident, all efforts to unearth the facts behind the mystery were also aborted completely.

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Origin of the Devil’s Sea Extrasensory Myth

To begin with, the term dragon in the Devil Sea’s name originates from the Chinese fable about dragons existing below the water surface. According to these fables, the dragons under the sea attack vessels passing by to satiate their hunger. These fables have originated well before the AD period – 1000 BC era.

With their emphasis on the presence of mythical creatures like dragons, these fables have made a huge impact on the legends and mysterious stories created in the years to come.

Similarly, the Japanese name “Ma-No Umi,” which means the Sea of the Devil, was originally coined by the Japanese countrymen years ago when the stories of paranormal phenomena in the sea was popularised.

The superstitions associated with the Devil’s Sea always haunted the Japanese from venturing into this part of the ocean right from centuries past.

Other Explanations for the mystery of Devil’s Sea

As the myths of the Devil’s Sea popularized through legends, there were also hypotheses, including the scientific explanations, attempting to solve the mystery. Several efforts were also made to understand the truth behind the so-called paranormal phenomenon.

Scholars like Ivan Sanderson have suggested that it is the hot and cold currents crossing this Vile Vortice leading to the disappearance of vessels in the Devil’s Sea. According to him, these currents result in electromagnetic disturbances that trap the ships passing by.

Another hypothesis suggested that it is the subsea volcanoes in the area that caused the disappearance of vessels. The eruptions from these volcanoes could have initiated such accidents, substantiating the stories of dragons sucking in ships and its crew to the ocean’s depths.

Due to the undersea volcanoes and seismic activities, according to marine scholars, the islands in the area often disappear suddenly, while new ones appear at the same pace.

Another scientific research claimed that the anomalies believed to occur in the triangle were the result of an environmental phenomenon. The researchers argued that the area has the presence of methane hydrates on the seabed.

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When methane hydrates gas or methane clathrates explodes, bubbles will be formed on the water surface as the ice-like deposits separate from the bottom of the ocean at the time of the explosion. These activities can interrupt buoyancy and also destroy a vessel without even leaving a trace.

However, in 1989, American writer and paranormal activity theorist Charles Berlitz wrote a book, The Dragon’s Triangle, after detailed research on the paranormal activities in the Devil’s Sea. According to him, the accidents involving five Japanese military vessels in the triangle, due to the ‘evil’ nature of the sea, have resulted in the death of more than 700m people.

Later, questioning Charles arguments that substantiating the Devil’s Sea is a mythical area abound with paranormal activities; Larry Kusche published a book titled The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved in the year 1995. In his work, Kusche rejected the story of the disappearance of Japanese war ships, arguing that the vessels that went missing were fishing boats.

In his book, Kusche has also claimed that the research ship sent by the Japanese contained a crew of only 31 people as opposed to the 100 stated by Charles and the vessel was wrecked instead of disappearing completely.

He argued that the research vessel was wrecked by an undersea volcano in September 1952. The remains of the wreckage were retrieved by the Japanese a few years ago which further rejected Charles’s claims.

The Pacific Bermuda Triangle might be subjected to numerous theories and suppositions. But in spite of scientific evidence and the mythical aura surrounding the oceanic arena, its continued mysterious existence is a testimony that certain phenomena in the world are far beyond the control of human beings.


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  1. What kind of physical cause could have happened to have these triangles exist? Are there more?

  2. All of there r just theories the scientist also dont know what is it? highly electromagnetic area Lol they should sent a balloon there devil sea than watch it aur make full video than sxamine what the hell is it?

  3. If the was really magnetic in nature, I don’t think wooden vessels will be affected right? Cause I haven’t heard of anything similar to that of the devils triangle. stuffs like methane, compasses showing true north instead of magnetic north. Now why hasn’t any formal investigations been carried out on these places? There ain’t much of a challenge here unlike stated for the devils triangle.

  4. Hello, the service of all the friends and scholars of the path of science. In terms of the creation of human race, our generation has been created for seven thousand years.Before we were born, there were other races, but for some reason they were destroyedWe do not know how to get lost. Most likely, a certain number of them were alive, like science, and during their time they reached their peak, and some of them were hijacked to planets and others in different parts of the earth to check in at a specific time and place.Friends, I think, it’s possible that seeing extraterrestrials or landing ships around the world is definitely the work of the inhabitants of the past, which have been hidden for thousands of years. The devil’s triangle is important to them. Now why do not I know that some of the flying saucers you see through power? It’s Jenny that Kabbalists are interacting with them Hope you do not deprive me of your guidance
    I love you all ayat g.h

  5. I believe that the triangle has a hidden island in the middle and that’s where all the ships and people are.

  6. Some things are beyond human imagination, God made it so to make us understand that there is a creator whose ways are far more higher than human ways

  7. Why triangles not circles? Does it have something to to do with earth’s lay lines?

  8. I believe that mosayeb is unto something and the question I often ask myself is why are there things that look like they were made by humans underwater? I don’t have a definitive answer, but I have a theory that If you’d like to collaborate I’d be intetested , but what If before us there were other humans? The answers to our questions lie at the bottom of the ocean of the ” so called, Mariana Trench”. I believe at one point in time Whatever is under the ocean was once on land and using Biblical terms the Bible states that God flooded the earth for 40 days and 40 nights now think about that. What if other humans were once here, but they destroyed themselves and didnt obey God so he wiped them from existence, but traces of them are still here just submerged underwater. Its alot to think about, but what If the things we built then are similair to what we build now.

  9. There is a theory in the Bermuda Triangle of these things called “Air Bombs”, after the show “What on Earth” discovered hexagon-shaped holes in the clouds via satellite imagery. It is quite a logical explanation once you think about it. If it hits the ship/plane, or the water around it, it would likely sink or get washed out by a wave. Although this is in the Bermuda triangle, What on Earth also got this in the Arctic, so there isn’t anything that says this can’t happen in the waters off Japan.

  10. I wil volunteer to go to the bottom of all these mysterious triangles, id love to just free fall like james cameron did the mariana trench, only ill go to the bottom to show the world what is there

  11. Its mysterious because dragons triangle and bermuda triangle are in same lines . seems that there is a connection between these two.

  12. If anyone wants answers about were we come from originally please take the time to read the story of Billy Meier,if In doubt just bear in mind that he passed numerous lie detector tests,and survived 21 known assassination attempts,why do they want him to be silent,it’s something every human being needs to read,go to theyfly.com,and read his story that is still on going,it will answer all questions we all ask happy reading,

  13. There are several different theories. I think it is some combination of them ,most likely.
    One thing I can answer is about Wooden Ships, of sailing/oars or combined.
    ANYTHING that can upset Water can easily creat situations to crush,swallow or strand such a ship.
    Oceanic events in the floor. Landslides along a continental shelf can displace metric Tonnes of water. Volcanoes, electromagnetic phenomenon caused by the Planets Life Cycle and impacted by billions of greedy Sheeple.
    And possibly/probably things we don’t even know about.
    So, Yeah.

  14. This may sound incredulous but I read a book by Peruvian Ricardo Gonzalez called Los Maestros del Paititi (available on Scribd) explaining where both the Bermuda and Dragon Triangles came from!!! Mind-blowing!!! Beings that Gonzalez is in touch with said in ancient times experiments involving gravity went awry on Atlantis and attempts to rectify the situation were unsuccessful and one moon came crashing down where the Bermuda Triangle is and the other followed, crashing into where the Dragon’s Triangle is, and both caused dimensional openings! That is how we ended up with one moon. The book is truly mind blowing and I can tell you that these beings visit us at Mt. Shasta in the present day. I have seen their vehicles with my own eyes.

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