Lighthouse ‘swings back and forth’ while being battered by fierce waves during Storm Dennis in bizarre optical illusion
- Fastnet lighthouse, off the coast of Cork, Ireland, was flooded by gigantic waves
- Mary Cadogen’s video of the extreme weather rocked the lighthouse
- She thinks this is due to a combination of super zoom and a loose lens
A camera illusion made it seem like a lighthouse was rocking back and forth while being hit by strong winds and waves during Storm Dennis.
Fastnet Lighthouse, off the coast of Cork in Ireland, was filmed during the weekend flooded by giant waves.
But when Mary Cadogen looked through the lens of her camera, she saw that the 177-foot lighthouse seemed unstable.
Fastnet Lighthouse, off the coast of Cork in Ireland, is being filmed while being flooded by giant waves
The short clip showed waves bashing the sides of the watchtower while the wind reached 91 mph.
The tower, standing on a high rock, seemed to swing back and forth, something Mary said might have something to do with the super zoom mode of the camera.
Another theory is that the lens of the camera itself vibrated in the strong wind – making the image seem to move.
Fastnet Lightnet was built 100 years ago and became operational in 1904 after a cost of almost £ 90,000.
The tower was built using a dovetail technique, which means that each of the granite stones of the tower fits into each other around those around it, connecting the structure.
When Mary Cadogen looks through the lens of her camera, she notices that the lighthouse looks unstable
The building replaced an older lighthouse at the same location, and is in fact the third lighthouse being built in the area, with the original Fastnet lighthouse replacing an earlier lighthouse on Cape Clear Island.
Storm Dennis flooded the UK and Ireland on Saturday and Sunday, with five people confirmed to have died from the extreme weather.
Yvonne Booth was swept away by flood water when her car crashed onto a bridge in Tenbury in Worcestershire on Sunday.
A man drowned after falling into a swollen river the same day.
The country is now fighting the worst floods in 200 years, while people in England and Wales are leaving their water-rich homes.
The worst affected communities brace themselves for further misery tomorrow when two inches of rain will fall within 24 hours.