Aside from being known for its natural beauty, a large section of Alaska has come to be called the Bermuda triangle of Alaska because people – including tourists and locals – seem to go missing at an eerily high rate, as if they disappeared from the face of the earth. Since 1988, a total of 16,000 people have disappeared in the so-called “Bermuda Triangle of Alaska” – and planes too. In a state with just over 670,000 residents, that figure averages out to about 4 in every 1,000 people. Crazy! The native Tlingits believe the evil Kushtaka – a cross between a giant man and an otter – are responsible for these mysterious disappearances. So, why are so many people becoming lost or stranded, sometimes forever, in Alaska? Is a Kushtaka spirit skulking in the wild or is Mother Nature to blame?
The Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle stretches through four of the state’s regions – southeastern wilderness and fjords, interior tundra and arctic mountain ranges and tts points include the large swath of land from Juneau and Yakutat in the southeast, the Barrow mountain range in the north, and Anchorage in the center of the state.
There have been over thousands of recorded missing people in the Alaskan Triangle and most have disappeared without leaving a trace. More than half of the nation’s federally-designated wilderness lies in Alaska. So many of the permanent disappearances in Alaska are linked to the pristine, yet sometimes perilous, natural elements. But to find no trace of any person in all the thousands of missing people cases associated in the area of the Alaskan Triangle, now that seems a bit odd to me.
The Indians native to the state, the Tlingits are sure about the truth of Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle. According to their folklore there exists a half-man, half-otter that has the ability to lure innocent people and trap them. The Kushtaka are considered evil, tricking Tlingit sailors farther offshore to die, imitating the cries of an infant, or screams of a woman to lure hapless victims into rivers, or preying on small children.
Now a video about this monster creature from Alaska:
Evil spirits or not, the rate of people reported missing in Alaska is almost twice the national average. While many cases involve runaways or people who return home, Alaska also has the highest percentage of missing people who are never found.