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The Other Mysterious Triangle

“On the other side of the world from the Bermuda Triangle,” stated Charles Berlitz, probably the one person who, more than just about any other brought the infamous area’s attention to the mainstream media and the general public en masse, “there exists a section of the ocean startlingly similar in its history of vanishing ships and planes.” For the people of Japan, this treacherous and terror-soaked realm is one filled with ever present notoriety. It is known as the Ma-no Umi. Or, in English terminology: the Devil’s Sea.

Just like its far more famous cousin off the coast of Florida, this devilish body of water, which is near Miyake Island, and approximately one hundred kilometers south of Japan’s capital city of Tokyo, can also claim to be responsible for hundreds of deaths and disappearances under very curious and disturbing circumstances.

Also as with the Bermuda Triangle, the Devil’s Sea is filled to the brim with sensational stories and tales of gateways to other worlds and dimensions, tales of dramatic alien encounters in the skies above the waters, and legends, folklore and myths of great sea dragons that swallow ships whole and drag them to a dark underworld.

The experience and story of Takeo Tada is undeniably one of the most significant on record when it comes to demonstrating that the Devil’s Sea is a place of definitive paranormal proportions – and perhaps even of other-worldly proportions, too.

On a pleasant but cloudy summer’s afternoon in 1971, Tada was flying adjacent to Miyake Island when he caught sight of something incredible that loomed out of the clouds only a half a mile or so from him.

It was nothing less than a definitive flying saucer – an orange-colored, gleaming, circular-shaped craft of around seventy-feet in diameter and ten feet in height that traveled in a strange, wobbling fashion as it moved slowly through the sky. Tada said that seeing the unusual aircraft momentarily, and hardly surprisingly, flummoxed him in the extreme, and he merely sat looking at it, astonished to his very core.

After a half or minute or so, however, he regained his senses and chose to do something that some might view as brave and gung-ho and others as undeniably stupid and reckless: he gave chase. This was not a hard thing to do, even for Tada’s small, propeller-driven aircraft. After all, he said, the UFO was traveling at barely one hundred miles an hour, and the main challenge was not to keep up with it, but to avoid slamming into it!

Fortunately, however, the plodding progress of the flying saucer ensured that Tada was able to get up close and personal, at which point he could see that it seemingly lacked windows, engines, wings or a tail, and was sailing through the skies near Miyake Island in what looked like near-magical, but decidedly laidback fashion.

Tada continued to watch with both amazement and wonder until, after about nine or ten minutes, the unearthly object slowly began to rise and travel in the direction of a large and dense cloud, into which it finally vanished, never to resurface.

Dumbstruck by the experience and fearful of what his colleagues and bosses might say or do if he dared tell them, Tada chose – perhaps wisely – to remain silent on his unearthly encounter for more than thirty-three years.

And, finally, just how many other people, daring to venture through the wild skies and churning waters of the Devil’s Sea, may have encountered something equally as weird and unearthly as Takeo Tada – and who then also elected to say nothing, at least not for decades – is a matter worth keeping firmly in mind…


Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.
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