Only “The Deadliest Catch” Crabs

The Deadliest Catch is not only a fascinating show about fishing boats during crab season – its the number two highest rated cable show.

The show is a docu-series (documentary series…which I may have just made up) about fishermen in the Bering Sea during Alaskan king crab fishing season. I know, it sounds lame, but a good source (my dad) says it is actually fascinating. There are big storms that knock these ships – and the people aboard – around. It focuses on the dangers of this job, and how scary it can really be on the rough seas.

The show recently got public notice this past January when its captain, Phil Harris, died of a massive stroke. According to the article, Harris started working on fishing boats when he was 7-years-old, and began working on crab boats when he was 17. By the time he was 21, Harris was running a fishing vessel out of Seattle, making him one of the youngest captains in the Bering Sea. 

Currently in its sixth season, The Deadliest Catch airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The Discovery Channel.

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One Response to Only “The Deadliest Catch” Crabs

  1. Bait Shop Sam says:

    This show gets even better when the weather is bad, like last night. The waves were averaging 20 feet (as high as many houses!) and these guys were just laughing about it. It almost made you sick to your tummy watching on TV … the one thing that’s impossible on TV to demonstrate is how cold it is. Also, this would certainly seem to be a show that would benefit from 3D technology so we could get a real sense of just how rough those seas are. All in all it is real interesting. Discovery has a great section on its Web site with more info.

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