The Bermuda Triangle: Unlock the Secrets at BUEI’s Ocean Discovery Centre by Brigitta Wohlmuth
The Island is finally ‘claiming its fame’ as home of the Bermuda Triangle, with the launch of this new exhibit at BUEI’s Ocean Discovery Centre. Designed to enlighten visitors and locals alike, it has scrupulously compiled every shred of research together under one roof in an effort to ‘unlock the secrets’ of this mysterious phenomenon. From the earliest recording made by Christopher Columbus in 1492 to the most recent missing vessel in 1991, countless ships and aircrafts have strangely disappeared into the Ocean’s abyss without a trace … but why? What was the cause? Well, that’s for you to decide, and you’re advised not to make up your mind until you’ve digested the whole exhibit from start to finish. “In the exhibit we present you with thirteen theories. After you’ve read them all, you have to decide what you believe?” says Mel Ferson, the Museum’s Director and driving force behind the exhibit is my guide as I tour it for the very first time.
Scanning the walls intently, I’m impressed to see that they haven’t discarded any possibility, now matter how crazy or seemingly illogical. Aliens, Sea Monsters, even the Lost City of Atlantis are considered amongst the thirteen theories (with evidence to back up the claims), as well as a number of more “logical” reasons based in science; like methane gas hydrates that rise from the bottom of the ocean, rogue waves, the Sargasso Sea and Human Error.
“This was built as a living classroom,” Mel tells me, adding that all of Bermuda’s school children will be able to see the exhibit for free. “It’s important too that when they travel abroad or meet people from overseas that they’ll be better able to explain what is the Bermuda Triangle.” I had to agree, noting my time overseas and how, whenever someone would discover where I was from, they’d ask with eyes of wonder, “What about the Bermuda Triangle, is it real?” To which I never quite knew how to respond. A pop culture display within the exhibit shows a 20-minute video compilation of every time the Bermuda Triangle was mentioned in a TV-show, Film or cartoon – highlighting the massive global interest in this enigmatic topic which is said to be the greatest unsolved mystery of the modern age.
Then Mel tells me that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) would be coming to visit the following week. “It turns out they were doing a three-part video series on the Bermuda Triangle and they wanted to start each episode from Bermuda. They heard about the exhibit and contacted us, so that’s great coverage. Once it’s marketed overseas I think it will get a lot of global attention from people who have always been fascinated by the Bermuda Triangle.”
Designed by local talent Lana Leksina in collaboration with Canadian exhibit design firm 3DS/ THREE DIMENSIONAL SERVICES INC., it’s the very first exhibit of its kind. “In the past there wasn’t a single point where one could learn more about the infamous Triangle, and where better to have an exhibit on the Bermuda Triangle then in Bermuda?” Mel continues. “Everything that has ever happened or been written about is here, and it’s a life long exhibit so we’ll keep adding to it the more we find.”
It starts with a simulated dive into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, and once you step inside there’s a number of techy highlights including a 3D hologram of a Hurricane from start to dissipation, a futuristic multi-user touch screen that visitors can use to learn more about every vessel recorded to have disappeared, and at the end of the exhibit is a Selfie Station where you decide what theory to use as the backdrop for your photo, which will be emailed to you. So be sure to check out the new exhibit for yourself, and when you reach back home and all the questions come pouring in, you’ll know just how to respond.
Visit the exhibit at The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute | 40 Crow Lane, Hamilton
a 15 minute walk from the Hamilton Ferry Terminal!
Open Daily from 10am – 5pm, (last admission 4pm)
Bus Routes: 1,2,7 & 9