The wreck of torpedo boat “Castore”
Among the wrecks sunk in Calabria, there’s the shipwreck of a torpedo boat, characterized by a tragic story: it was torpedoed during the Second World War, in 1943, off the coast of Palizzi and many crew members died in the sinking. Now the wreck lies on the sandy bottom, upside down, centrally broken in two parts. The vision of the upside down bow, which stands out clearly in the blue, is really striking. We can still see the armaments, partially leaked out from the broken hull.
The wreck is populated by shoals of damselfishes and cardinal fishes (Apogon imberbis), besides many mullets on the sandy bottom. There’s a chance to meet some morays in their dens. Large hermit crabs walk through its sheets, brought to life by the presence of many spiral tube-worms and anemones.
THE DIVE ON THIS WRECK IS CURRENTLY FORBIDDEN BY ORDER OF LOCAL COAST GUARD
|Dive Type||Sandy seabed|
|Minimum depth||25 m|
|Maximum depth||30 m|
|Bottom type||Sandy seabed|
|Difficulty||Advanced – Deep|
|Interest||Historical, biological and photographic interest.|
|Notes||Medium presence of fishes: little groupers, breams, snappers, moray eels.
Good presence of nudibranchs and sessile organisms.