EXPEDITION UNKNOWN goes to the Bermuda Triangle



The image above shows a thunderstorm sweeping across the Atlantic toward Key Biscayne and the lighthouse where I was perched high above the water. I was there to be interviewed by Josh Gates of the Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown. The show was working on an episode about the Bermuda Triangle. Josh picked me (Rob) to open up the show with him from atop the lighthouse after a referral from Dave Shrader of Beyond the Darkness Radio.

The interview was pretty basic. Since I’d co-authored two Bermuda Triangle-related books,  he started out by asking me to define the B.T.—where it is and what it is. We talked some about the origins going back to 1492 and Colombus’s first voyage to the New World.  We also talked about the theories and I told him that I had been somewhat skeptical about the BT until I started researching stories and hearing some first-hand encounters, such as the ones by my co-author Bruce Gernon.

We did take after take with slightly different wordings or postures. At times, it was more like acting than being interviewed. But it was a lot of fun.

Josh’s last question to me prompted a startling synchronicity. He asked  if I’d ever had a Bermuda Triangle experience myself. In fact, I had. It was on a flight from Andros Island in the Bahamas to West Palm Beach with Trish and Bruce and his wife, Lynn. The flight had followed interviews Bruce and I had done for the History Channel’s UFO Hunters. We took off, flew out over the Tongue of the Ocean, the 6,500-foot trench on the west side of the island, after circling past the U.S. Navy base on the island, known as AUTEC, Atlantic Undersea Testing and Evaluation Center.

The GPS screen showed a string of Bahama Islands spreading out to the west toward Florida. Abruptly, the navigation system shut down. No more islands, no more GPS. Just as I said the system shut down, a booming peal of thunder startled us. Josh was amazed and quickly check with the sound guy to make sure he recorded the boom and he asked the two cameramen if they had turned and filmed the approaching storm.

I continued the story, explaining that fortunately Bruce is a very experienced pilot and was able to find the way back to Florida without getting confused or lost. Curiously, as we passed over the mainland, the GPS screen popped back up. The next day, Bruce had the system checked and it was found to be in perfect order.

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Expedition Unknown, you probably know that Josh Gates likes to push it to the edge and he has found himself in some dangerous and precarious situations. So it wasn’t surprising when he continued the interview, repeating segments of it over and over—seeking the perfect combination of picture and sound—as the storm moved our way. By the end, the storm hit us as lightning flashed and thunder rumbled and we were still doing takes literally shouting above the storm. That’s just the way he likes it! It was fun, a little scary, and we were both very wet as we wrapped.

After the shoot was over, I told Robert Vanover, the chief producer, about the timing of the initial blast of thunder, and he responded: “Synchronicity!”

Josh Gates: Expedition Unknown

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18 Responses to EXPEDITION UNKNOWN goes to the Bermuda Triangle

  1. Dale Dassel says:

    I’m presently reading a newly published book called The Triangle by Mike Bara (a frequent commenter on Ancient Aliens), and something just occurred to me during the chapter detailing the vanishing of Flight 19 in December 1945: Was this a Mercury retrograde period? Because it seems that virtually everything that could possibly go wrong during that mission, invariably did, including the disappearance of one of the search planes sent out to find the lost squadron. The entire episode was fraught with one mishap after another, an unbelievable string of bad luck.

    And while we’re on the subject, I can’t help but wonder if Merc retrograde also played a hand in other notable disasters, like the April 1912 Titanic sinking, the May 1937 Hindenburg explosion, or the disappearance of Amelia Earhart in July 1937? That would certainly be an interesting pattern!

    • Trish and Rob says:

      Great questions, Dale! I’ll take a look and get back to you.

    • Trish and Rob says:

      Dale, you may be on to something! Yes for flight 19, yes for titanic, yes for the hindenburg. No for earhart. But 3 out of 4! That certainly counts as a pattern!

      • Dale Dassel says:

        Thanks for the quick reply! The Merc retro theory seemed logical since we’ve just emerged from one recently, during the which I’ve been helping my Dad build a new fence for our yard and it seemed like fighting an uphill battle every step of the way. We made excellent progress with no major mishaps, but were plagued by an endlessly irritating series of annoyances (brutal summer heat and relentless mosquitoes notwithstanding) that constantly reminded me that we were indeed tackling a major project in the midst of the dreaded retrograde period. Now we’re back to smooth sailing! 🙂

    • Trish and Rob says:

      I’ll look up some other disaster dates and see what merc was doing. Worthy of a post!

  2. Laurence zankowski says:


    Watched a pre iPhone movie named “The Triangle” the last 2 days. Hit home in ways that made think about my pre 9/11 attack precognition, the Lady Di precognition, my motorcycle accident precognition / Dream, and yes there are others.

    I do not know if this is just a cosmic giggle, but the movie rattled me. Not so much the last part, but episodes 1-2.

    Does this mean something? Well, you posted this triangle backgrounder. I read this book, and it keeps popping up, Stephan A. Schwartz’s “Awakening”. Ah, the triangle of triangle and synchro 3s!!

    *if you do not know of Stephan’s work, he is the founder of IRVA and did all that work cataloging Edgar Cayce’s readings, plus all his work with exceptional others in finding lost cities and relics. *

    His book ends up near Andros Island.


    I just will keep an eye out for events that are not easily dismissed as natural or accident in that area…

    it could just be nothing.

    be well


    • Trish and Rob says:

      I know qbout Schwartz’s work, but haven’t read this particular book. Onto my list it goes! Thanks, Laurence. Is it ever “nothing?” Ha.

  3. Nancy says:

    I’m going to have to find this show! What a great experience.

    • Trish and Rob says:

      We watched a couple episodes of the show. It’s really good. I think my post may have been misleading. They didn’t go into the triangle. The show is about it, about bruce’s trip, what the triangle is/might be. We did suggest, though, that they go to Andros Island and look into AUTEC.

  4. IJ rides the BT storms!!
    way to go, rob –
    and trish, no doubt you had some stiry-making moments with the little ones while rob was away –

  5. Isabella says:

    Excellent excellent you guys are awesome

  6. Gia says:

    Wow! This is really cool! He’s like an Indy Jones.