The Dragon's Triangle
by Ade Dimmick
In recent years much has been written about the Bermuda Triangle and the mysterious
phenomena associated with it. Most of us are aware that the Bermuda Triangle is a
triangular shaped area of ocean stretching from the Straits of Florida, north−east to
Bermuda, south to Lesser Antilles and then back to Florida. Less known, on the other side of
the world, there exists a similar area of ocean known as the Dragon’s Triangle.
The Dragon’s Triangle follows a tine from Western Japan, north of Tokyo, to a point in the
Pacific at an approximate latitude of 145 degrees east. It turns west south west, past the
Bonin Islands, then down to Guam and Yap, west towards Tiawan, before heading back to
Japan in a north north easterly direction. Both areas share stories of missing maritime
vessels and aircraft, reports of malfunctioning navigational and communication equipment
and tales of drifting, crewless ghost ships.
Both areas bear markedly similar geographical characteristics. Each lie at exact opposite
side of the globe longitude 35 degrees west and east respectively. Both are triangle in shape
and are located in areas of high volcanic activity; situated at the eastern end of continental
masses, where the ocean floor varies in depth from being relatively shallow to some of the
deepest ocean trenches in the world. They are also prone to extreme weather conditions
which range from sudden localised fogs, giant waves, whirlpools, sea − quakes and
minicanes − intense localised hurricanes. The Dragon’s Triangle in particular, bears
testament to an ever−changing seascape. Islands and lands masses have formed and
disappeared literally ovemight through volcanic activity and seaquakes. Records reveal
islands charted by experienced navigators, and documented as having been visited; yet
years later no trace of these places could be found!
Another common factor is the existence of agonic lines − lines of no magnetic variation,
along which the magnetic needte points directly north and south. The principle agonic line in
the Westem Hemisphere runs directly through the Bermuda triangle, whilst the principle
agonic line in the Eastem Hemisphere runs through the Dragon’s triangle. Which in both
cases often leads to extreme compass deviation in the surrounding area. For over a
thousand years, possibly longer, the Japanese and their neighbours have recorded strange
occurrences and disappearances. Ancient records tell of restless dragons surfacing from the
depths, and taking unfortunate mariners back to their underground lairs. Legends dating
back to c.10008c tell of underwater palaces inhabited by dragons and of a great slumbering
dragon which lived in the cavern beneath the sea.
However, it wasn’t until the late 1960’s that western attention was drawn to this eastem
phenomena, and connections made with the Bermuda Triangle. Despite frequent coverage
in the Japanese media of disappearances, reports rarely made the international press.
Language bar~iers and racist attitudes may have a lot to do with this. One wonders how well
known the Bermuda Triangle might have been if it wasn’t situated off the coast of the United
In ancient times such happenings were explained by the interventions of gods, demons and
mythical creatures. Today, the fate of the missing craft and crews remains a mystery;
although many explanations have been suggested. These include, alien abduction, the
disappearance into a "black hole" or gateway to another dimension, time or parallel universe.
The deatruction and disappearance without trace by extreme natural phenomena. Falling
prey to covert military or scientific experimentation or abduction by "unfriendly forces". Even
elaborate insurance fraud has been suggested; whereby ships end up in breakers yards and
are reported missing in the triangle!
Whatever the answer, the Dragon’s Triangle, along with it’s Bermudan equivalent, remains
one of the world’s best kept secrets. Pefiaps the answer lies with the great slumbering