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What is the Dragon’s Triangle?

By KD Morgan
Updated May 23, 2024
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The name “Dragon's Triangle” comes from a centuries-old Chinese legend of dragons living in palaces beneath the sea. The actual area encompasses a triangular line from western Japan north of Tokyo, to Guam to Taiwan. It, like the Bermuda Triangle, exhibits some magnetic anomalies, and vessels that pass through it have reported navigation and communication malfunctions. Reports of bright lights, volatile and sudden weather changes, unexplained sudden ocean swells, whirlpools, thick fogs, and storms coincide with disappearances of maritime vessels, aircraft, and tales of drifting, crewless ghost ships.

The Dragon's and Bermuda Triangles align point to point through the center of the Earth, with the same latitude and longitude. Both are located at the eastern end of large continental masses, where the sea's currents are colliding with warm and cold water, over volcanic areas. Deep trenches are another commonality, with the triangle in the Pacific Ocean featuring the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point in all the seas. The Dragon's Triangle in particular, reports an ever-changing seascape with professionally charted landmasses and islands literally forming and disappearing overnight.

Kublai Khan made two unsuccessful attempts to take over Japan in the 13th century, but both attempts failed on the trip through these waters and over 40,000 crewmen were lost in the first attempt alone. The Japanese people believed that Nature intervened to protect them and attributed the victories to the “Divine Wind”.

The famous Japanese Utsuro bune legend of 1803 describes a box shaped hollow boat, resembling a kou-hako (incense burner). Inside was a "foreign" woman described as having unique physical characteristics. There are many collected stories and books written describing this incident. The credibility of these books have been questioned, yet it has been verified that these books were written prior to 1844, long before the modern UFO era.

Modern linguist and author Charles Berlitz made his own mark on the topic in his 1989 book, The Dragon's Triangle. Of the many missing ships recorded — ranging from small fishing boats, large 200,000-ton (181,439-metric ton) tankers, American and Japanese warships and airplanes, and Soviet nuclear missile submarines — few revealed signs of wreckage, oil slicks or flotsam. Berlitz traces UFO and USO (unidentified submerged objects) activity in this area back to the 12th century.

The anomalies throughout history have inspired fascinating theories and lines of research. In 1950, Japanese authorities declared the area a “shipping danger zone.” In 1952, the government launched a research project to discover the true source the mysteries, but the research ship for this project, the Kaio Maru No. 5 disappeared to the same unexplained fate. The ship held 22 crewmen and nine scientists.

Many view natural environmental changes as the cause of the controversial anomalies. One of these explanations is the vast field of methane hydrates present on the bottom of the ocean in this area. Methane clathrates (methane hydrate ice) will “flash” into a gas when it rises above 64.4°F (18°C). The gas eruptions can interrupt buoyancy and can easily sink a ship, leaving no trace of debris. The gas will also explode if it comes within contact of an open flame. Other natural explanations involve agonic lines, volcanic activity and tectonic plate movement.

There has been much speculation on supernatural theories explaining the events in this region. Some have considered the region a gateway to another dimension, a parallel universe or a black hole. Atlantis technology has been suggested and of course, no conjecture would be complete without the possibility of alien involvement. Many submit the locations of the triangles cannot be coincidental, proposing these areas were at one time polar opposites.

Whether a person's preference is in scientific explanations of natural occurring events or of supernatural theories, the Dragon's Triangle is one of the world’s most intriguing mysteries. Perhaps, as science advances and the supernatural becomes more clearly understood, the day will come when the answers will unfold in the form of a combined explanation.

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Discussion Comments
By anon989290 — On Feb 28, 2015

Dragons triangle: There are many possible reasons and sayings for the disappearance of ships and plane in the dragons triangle.

They are

1. There are ghostly creatures in that place which capture whoever enters the area.

2. There is a mysterious mist that makes anyone unconscious and then a scary, man-like creature attacks.

3. Whoever is dead there before may be mind controlled by some beings, making the mind controlled ones to attack others.

4. It may be a gateway to another dimension and once entered, can't come out.

5. Those who enter these areas are kidnapped by mysterious beings.

6. There may be inhabitants of that place who will seize anyone entering the place.

7. Watch out – there may be a paranormal traps up there.

8. It may be a haunted location where beings are not exposed to the outer environment.

9. In the olden days there was a huge war between a group of advanced technological groups, and whoever won those battles has captured that place and do not expose them to the public because they are guarding some secret treasure.

There is not much possibility for scientific forces to operate in that area. There is a saying that you should not cross certain border of land without the right person. The creatures in that area cannot cross the triangle. If they cross it, they may lose their power. It's their area where it's hard to go for us, likewise they can't come here due to some reason.

Please don't use any bad words about those who were related to this triangle and paranormal concept; they have men everywhere. They know what you think, they hear what you talk in every corner of the world.

If you don't obey these words, they will give you trouble indirectly. For others may be look like they are sleeping, but unnoticed by others, you may suffer due to paranormal forces of them. These forces have victimized many people around the world, so please be careful with this group of terror makers.

By anon988688 — On Feb 13, 2015

China couldn't build a real navy because Khan used regular fishing boats for his 40,000 troops when he attacked attacked Japan. Only a small percentage of the boats were seaworthy. He also attacked when he was told not to because the ships were resets and a storm was coming. Then afterwards China was taken over by Japan for many years and they weren't allowed a real army until 1951. Japan was defeated and was stripped of their military by the strongest military on earth. In other words, the Devil's Triangle doesn't have much to do with the two Asian countries not having a strong navy.

By anon943816 — On Apr 03, 2014

Please read carefully.

The devil's triangle is the exact opposite of the Bermuda triangle.

Yes, the Bermuda triangle was Atlantis, and the north magnetic field was there at that time

They posses curtain knowledge about the magnetic field power. They were at war and they drained the core of so much energy that it collapsed on them and made an impression on the other side of earth: the devil's triangle.

The reason things disappear on both sides is due to the colliding of matter with your own antimatter. That's why they disappear.

The North Pole magnetic field shifts every year.

Should it be blocked? How? Through building an antimatter magnetic field that could be used to cross dimensions -- yes, other earths.

It was also said there is an island on both ends that is the center of the wormhole and can only be seen up close. No satellite or camera can see it -- only the naked eyes.

Hope that helped. Please try to avoid these places.

By anon943521 — On Apr 02, 2014

What if boats don't sink? What if they just stop working and float there and as you go through the fog you can't see right and maybe you crash into them.

By anon335450 — On May 20, 2013

As far as I know, old Japanese word for foreigner (gaijin) was similar to alien.

By anon302272 — On Nov 08, 2012

It is a mystery, but with all our technology, why not take a dummy vessel, install all the latest cams, lights, sound, sonar, gps and so on, take it there, and guide it around the triangle by remote control back and forth until something happens. You either let it sink by the mystery or sink yourself and keep recording to the bottom? They just landed a rover on Mars. Why not check this out in our backyard? It's closer than Mars, right?

By anon263309 — On Apr 23, 2012

Well, someone I know has a research report on the dragon's triangle and they needed info on how many ships and planes disappeared and they were wondering if you could post something about it.

Also they need info on where to find newspaper, articles, book, and maybe videos and movies about it. They were also wondering if you guys could post something about that as well!

By Leonidas226 — On Jan 10, 2011

Perhaps the Dragon's Triangle is the reason why Asian nations never came to have naval dominance over the world to the extent that European nations did. There is no mysterious triangle like this in Europe, and Europeans learned from very early on to have a healthy respect for the sea, but to also recognize its immense potential and use it for world exploration.

By anon24221 — On Jan 09, 2009

Have there been any official research visits to either Dragon or Bermuda triangles or both since 1952? If yes, what were the results?

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