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Fastnet Lighthouse, Ireland dive site

Fastnet Rock reefscape, Ireland dive site

Pollack at Fastnet Rock, Ireland dive site

Lion's mane jellyfish at Fastnet Rock

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Scuba Diving in Baltimore, County Cork, Ireland, Europe

Dive Site: Fastnet Rock

Location: 4 miles southwest of Cape Clear, County Cork, Ireland, Europe

Description: Pinnacle

Depth: 0 - 50 metres (0 - 164 feet)

Visibility: 5 - 10 metres (15 - 30 feet)

Rating: ****

Fastnet Rock has a reputation for being a very difficult dive site due to its exposed location. However, get it on a calm day and the dive is very easy with the beautiful scenery making for a relaxing dive. One side of the rock drops down to around 50 metres, the other side is only a maximum of 30 metres, but you can pick whatever depth you want to go to. The reef runs approximately in a northeast-southwest direction for over a kilometre and has lots of boulders to each side to swim around along the way. The top of the rock is covered in kelp and lower down the exposed rock surfaces are decorated with jewel anemones, dead men's fingers, dahlia anemones and plumose anemones. Hunt around the crevasses and fissures to look for all sorts of crabs, gobies and sea scorpions. Wrasse feed on the bottom, which is also strewn with starfish of all sizes. Pollack hang in the kelp near the surface; some of them are over a metre in size. On the safety stop look out for compass, moon and lion's mane jellyfish.

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