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!
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
Marine Life Under The Pier
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.
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.
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:
For 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.