By Julie Fishman Jun 13, 2012 The Bermuda Triangle The Bermuda Triangle The stretch of ocean between Bermuda, Miami and San Juan has been long-associated with vanishing ships and airplanes. While most modern theorists think nearly all of the reported incidents were due to equipment or human error combined with the region's propensity for strong currents and frequent storms, many people still believe that paranormal activity or a magnetic anomaly are to blame. While these unempirical explanations are unlikely, a few of the Bermuda Triangle accidents have escaped scientific explanation. In 1918, the U.S.S. Cyclops, carrying 306 people, vanished between Barbados and Baltimore without signaling any warning and leaving no remains. In 1945, five Navy bomber planes disappeared off the coast of Florida. While the planes may have gotten off track, ran out of fuel and crashed, the jets and bodies were never discovered. In 1948, a DC-3 plane with three crewmen and 29 passengers disappeared during a flight from San Juan to Miami. Visibility was perfect and the pilot radioed in just 50 miles from landing to say everything was going well but the plane never landed and hasn't been found since. The Montauk Monster The Montauk Monster When an unidentified animal carcass washed ashore in Montauk, New York in the summer of 2008, speculation arose. Several people reported seeing the strange creature and photographs surfaced, but the actual body went missing before police could recover the remains. When newspapers ran the story alongside a grotesque image, locals wondered whether the animal could be a mutant born from experimentation at nearby Plum Island Animal Disease Center. While some people believe the "monster" to be a hoax, many scientists who've studied the photos think that the animal is indeed real but is likely a known species heavily damaged and decomposed by time spent in the water. Dog, turtle, capybara, sheep and raccoon have all been purported but none are an exact match. While the raccoon claim appears to be closest, the Montauk Monster's legs are longer than that of a normal raccoon, casting doubt on any definitive conclusion. The Mary Celeste The Mary Celeste Eight days after setting sail from New York with 10 people on board, a merchant ship called the Mary Celeste was found adrift and abandoned in the North Atlantic in 1872. While one lifeboat was missing and a pump had been dissembled, the ship was largely intact: six months of food was untouched, the crew's belongings were in order and though tossed about, the ship's logbook and some charts were left on board. Why the sailors, captain and captain's family left the ship and what happened to them thereafter remains a mystery as neither the lifeboat nor any bodies were ever found. Since valuables remained on board, historians don't think pirate takeover is a viable explanation. An extremely experienced crew and well-liked captain ruled out pure error and mutiny. A leading theory suggests that upon smelling fumes from leaking wine barrels, the captain anticipated an explosion and ordered everyone into a lifeboat, on which they subsequently starved or drowned. Though empty barrels were found in the hull, no one who inspected the boat smelled fumes of any kind, adding doubt to the supposition. So what happened to the Mary Celeste? Your guess is as good as ours. Loch Ness Monster Loch Ness Monster You don't have to believe in the Loch Ness Monster to believe in the Devil. That's the name locals have given to a mysterious creature wreaking havoc on anyone who dares to enter the water at Lake Labynkyr in remote Siberia. Associate Professor of Biogeography Lyudmila Emeliyanova told The Siberian Times that on her latest mission to the lake, her boat's sonar picked up huge readings that were too large to be considered a single large fish and too dense to be a school of fish. Other researchers have used a fish scanner to find a moving object over 21 feet long. It had to be a living being because the scanner registers inanimate objects differently. Word of mouth tales have also spread about the Devil. Fisherman once got rocked by a flood of waves even though there were no other boats within sight and no wind that day. As the waves got stronger, the front of the boat began to rise, as if a giant creature from below was lifting it up. Just as the boat was about to tip, it was released and the water eventually settled. There are tales as far back as the 1920's of a five-year-old boy being snatched away from the lip of the lake by a giant, squealing creature with a bird-like beak. Lake Labynkyr is just over 3,000 miles from Moscow and only 37 miles from the town of Oymyakon, known as the coldest place on earth. Unlike other bodies of water in the area, the lake never freezes over and generates no plant life. Whether or not it houses a giant monster remains to be seen. Keep reading to find out about more mysterious creatures that may be lurking underwater all around the world. Via The Siberian Times The Bloop" and "Julia" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBN56wL35IQ&feature=player_embedded#t=0s The Bloop" and "Julia" Underwater microphones off the southern coast of South America have recorded a number of creepy sounds. While nearly all of the noises can be attributed to volcanic activity or shifting icebergs, two instances have scientists totally baffled. The first, known as "The Bloop," occurred in 1997 and lasted just over a minute. Two years later, what sounded like a watery voice saying "Julia" was picked up in the same region of the ocean. An investigation of each sound ruled out seismic or human activity. While scientists agree that an animal is responsible for "Julia," no creature currently known to man is large enough to produce such a noise. Science-fiction fans have posited that Cthulhu, a winged, tentacled, badass monster created by writer H.P. Lovecraft, is the source of the underwater eeriness. Though unlikely, the Cthulhu hypothesis would certainly make for a great summer blockbuster. The Sonar Flying Saucer The Sonar Flying Saucer In July of 2011 an ocean exploration team led by Swedish researcher Peter Lindberg found what some have suggested is a crashed flying saucer. While using sonar to search for a shipwreck 300 feet below sea level between Sweden and Finland, Lindberg saw a perfectly round circle about 60 feet in diameter. Deep scars across the nearby ground suggested that the object had moved across the ocean's bottom. When Lindberg released the sonar image to the public, a number of news stations reported that the object was a UFO. Though finding a perfectly round object deep on the ocean floor is very strange, sonar specialists hold that the resolution of the image is too low to positively identify the circle as anything in particular, including a flying saucer. While the scars may indicate movement, they could also be totally unrelated. Until more funding is available to explore the area and equipment improves, theories will abound but no answers will be found. The Vil Vana The Vil Vana In 1993, a seven-man, 41-foot fishing trawler mysteriously vanished off the coast of Santa Cruz Island. Since crew members were unable to signal for help and very few ship remains have been found, investigators believe that the boat sank quickly and fully intact. Despite two decades of analysis, exactly why this happened has eluded scientists, who remain baffled by the fact that diesel fuel never bubbled to the surface and not a single body was ever found. The only items to turn up at all were two buoys and a bunch of shrimp traps found in the area two years after the incident. While U.S. officials have denied the possibility, some of the victims' families believe that a rogue military submarine caught one of the boats' nets and dragged the vessel under. Though such an occurrence is rare, it is possible: a submarine sank a tugboat in the same area four years prior. Others think that a modification made to the Vil Vana a few weeks before the trip affected stability, causing the craft to capsize and trap the crew. No other evidence has come to head since 1995, leaving the creepy case open and unsolved.