‘Wildly popular’: Watch a new live fish cam that just debuted in South Florida

The fish off the Pompano Beach pier — a visual spectacle with all their stripes and sizes — are now on full display online.

Pompano Beach has installed a high-resolution underwater webcam 15 feet below the Fisher Family Pier to livestream the high-definition video of the fish.

The webcam can be found at https://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/webcams.

Pompano Beach has installed a high-resolution underwater webcam 15 feet below the Fisher Family Pier, beaming back live, high-definition video. The webcam can be found at https://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/webcams. (City of Pompano Beach/Courtesy)

(City of Pompano Beach/Courtesy)

Pompano Beach has installed a high-resolution underwater webcam 15 feet below the Fisher Family Pier, beaming back live, high-definition video. The webcam can be found at https://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/webcams. (City of Pompano Beach/Courtesy)

The camera was a gift from Shipwreck Park, a nonprofit Pompano Beach corporation, which is behind underwater art exhibitions that both creates artificial reefs to attract fish — and attract divers looking for a great selfie.

Shipwreck Park consists of two dive sites that have artificial reefs, both about a mile off the Pompano Beach Coast: the Lady Luck and the Okinawa, both decommissioned ships that are located in what is billed as among the most easily accessible major dive sites in the U.S.

Since going live Tuesday, the livestream has been played 74,000 times by 58,000 people, said city spokeswoman Sandra King.

“The underwater camera is wildly popular,” King said. “It is mesmerizing and calming to listen to the water and watch the fish swim and get carried with a current. People have already started to call it Fishcam. One commented she wants to name one particular fish that keeps swimming in front of the camera!”

This is the third camera offered by Pompano Beach. One is on the beach, and the other is at Hillsboro Park at the inlet, although both of those are land views.

Pompano’s new camera has some resemblance to the popular webcam in neighboring Deerfield Beach. There, the underwater “Fish Cam” streams continuously day and night on the city’s YouTube page.

“Get ready to dive deep without getting wet!” Pompano Beach declared.

“It shows off another side of Pompano Beach — the beauty that exists here,” said Rob Wyre, Shipwreck Park chair.

The $25,000 camera “pans and zooms and tilts,” he said. “We can change the view to whatever is happening.”

Lisa J. Huriash can be reached at lhuriash@sunsentinel.com. Follow on X, formerly Twitter @LisaHuriash

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