Hurricane Irma was forecasted to bring huge surf into Deerfield Beach. Although, we were spared the eye of the storm, significant damage was done to the Deerfield Beach International  Fishing Pier and the very popular underwater fish cam. But this week, the fish cam is back up and the fish are showing off!

Fish Cam

Click to see the live video

Although, the camera was disconnected and removed in anticipation of the Sept. 10 storm. The churning waves from Irma took out the underwater cable that connects it as well as the electronic box that supplies its power.

Four months later, the cable has been restored and the camera is back online for the public.

For more information about the underwater fish cam, contact Rebecca Medina Stewart, Director of Public Affairs & Marketing for the City of Deerfield Beach by Email


The Fish Cam: How This Underwater Webcam Works

The web camera mounted under the Deerfield Beach Fishing pier is HD-PTZ series of underwater camera system. This camera delivers HD quality video, 360 degree pan and 180 degree tilt, and 8x optical zoom.
These underwater webcams use a proprietary self-cleaning technology called CleanSweep™ self-cleaning technology. This system virtually eliminates algae and microorganism accumulation on the camera housing to keep optimal viewing experience for the fish cam. To prevent disrupting marine life, these CleanSweep™ housings require very little maintenance. They typically  do not need to be moved once installed. They have an easily replaceable cleaning arm assembly that eliminates the need for divers to constantly maintenance it. This technology helps to ensure the best viewing of the marine environment in its natural state.

 
 

Dirty Dome Fish Cam

Without Cleansweep™ Technology

 

Clean Dome Fish Cam

With CleanSweep™ Technology

 


Marine Life Under The Pier

Fish Cam

Fish Camp Highlights

Deerfield’s Fish Cam is one of the most popular pages on the city’s site. The new view underwater camera’s is exciting news for its fans. Common sightings have included Bermuda Chub, Barracudas, Blue Runners, Mackerel, Tarpons and Snook. Rumor has it that some have caught the sight of sea turtles, stingrays and nurse sharks. The Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier is home to an extensive variety of marine fish species.

Pictures from Deerfield Beach's underwater fish cam

Fish Camp Highlights

Although the pier sees heavy traffic from fishermen and tourists, diving and swimming around the pier is not permitted. However, every June this rule is bent when local dive shop, Dixie Divers, organizes a cleanup to remove fishing line and other debris from under the pier.

Last year, during the annual reef clean-up, 240 Divers joined forces to break the Guinness world record for the longest human chain underwater. The previous record set 2016 by 182 divers in Thailand. To find out more about the 2018 Reef Cleanup, contact Dixie Divers at 954-420-0009.

 


Check Out The Sea Life For Yourself

Jump in the water just North of the pier and check out our local sea life up close and personal.

Where to snorkel

Turtle Reef | Boca Raton / Deerfield Beach Dive Site

Dive Site: Turtle Reef aka County Line Reef MAP IT!
City:
Boca Raton / Deerfield Beach, Florida
Type of Dive:
South Florida Beach Dive
Depth:
13-18 Feet
Parking:
Metered & Garage
Local Beach Cam: Deerfield Beach Pier
Last Updated: 5/27/2014

**As of 5/26/2014, Turtle Reef is covered in sand due to winter ocean conditions.

The Turtle Reef Beach Dive:

The Boca Raton / Deerfield Beach Turtle Reef, also known as County Line Reef,  is an artificial reef constructed of giant boulders.  This dive site is a 5-minute walk north of the pier, in front of the Whitehall South condo building. To spot the condo from the beach, look for three similar white/off white high-rises which are next to each other. Entering the water in front of the north edge of the center building is recommended. The reef is about 600 feet out, nearly parallel to the end of the Deerfield Beach Pier.

From April to August, countless turtles come here!

The reef is a busy boating area and you MUST use a dive flag when scuba diving and snorkeling.

Directions to Turtle Reef In Boca Raton / Deerfield Beach:

Deerfield Beach Boca Raton Turtle Reef MapFor Snorkeling: From I-95, take Hillsboro Blvd. (42A) east. Make a left onto NE 20th Ave. for two blocks. Making a left when you see Island Water Sports will bring you to a parking garage which will be on your left. Making a right will bring you closer to the pier and to metered parking. Typically for snorkeling, metered parking is the cheaper route.

What You May See At Turtle Reef:

Turtles, Yellow Rays, Southern Stingrays, Eels, Nurse Sharks,  Sergeant Majors, Sand Divers, Stonefish, Porcupine Fish, Grunts, Octopus.