The fish are back — and ready for their close-up on Spinner, the Sea Cam.
Deerfield Beach’s “click bait” has been missing from the livestreaming feed since Hurricane Irma took out the underwater cable that connected the city’s underwater camera to the internet and its power source in September.
The refreshed underwater camera view is good news for its fans.
“There hasn’t been a week since Irma struck that we haven’t received dozens of calls, emails and even social media inquiries about our underwater camera,” said Rebecca Stewart Medina, Deerfield Beach city spokeswoman.
Damage to the cable has taken out the underwater camera twice since its debut in April 2016.
Jim Mathie, retired Deerfield Beach fire chief, said he doesn’t think the city anticipated how much maintenance the live feed would require.
But it’s worth it, he said.
“It’s a very unique experience for folks to be able to see underwater and see marine life,” said Mathie, who has volunteered to help with repairs.
The camera view often shows schools of Bermuda chub, occasional barracudas, blue runners, mackerel, tarpons, nurse sharks and snook that frequent the area under the city pier. If you’re really lucky, you could catch sight of a sea turtle or two.
“Everywhere I go, we receive many compliments about our underwater cam,” said Mayor Bill Ganz.
Pompano Beach has plans to mount its own way to show off its sea life once the new pier Pompano Beach finishes construction in 2019.
Deerfield is on to fixing other lingering damage from the storm. The Aborteum still needs repairs. And damage to the city pier’s railings and structure are expected to cost about $80,000 and will go before the City Commission on Tuesday.