15 Things That "Deadliest Catch" Doesn't Want You To Know
The self-proclaimed docu-series is often a far cry from reality.
Mother Nature or Mother Editing?
Remember that catastrophic storm that nearly flooded and capsized a boat? Well, those two events didn't actually coincide. Instead, the crew filmed the boat flooding, caused by something other than a life-threatening storm. Then, when one did hit, they shot it and combined it with the footage of the flooding the month prior. With the help of voiceover narration, they made it seem like the crew's life was in genuine danger.
20 Minutes and You're Out
Speaking of life-threatening scenarios: the water these guys sail measures about -41 degrees. So if you end up in it, you're on borrowed time, with really only about 20 minutes before your body calls it quits.
They're Out There, Even If You Can't See Them
Though the show only features a few boats, there are around 100 of them needed to get the job done. In the beginning, there might have even been up to a whopping 300.
Time Doesn't Fly As Quickly As You'd Think
Sure, it might look like the ships' crews finish a day's work in the time it takes to watch the show. In reality, they often work in 30-hour increments. Not to worry, the camera's always on, even if the 200-something hours of film are whittled down to only feature the juicy bits.
Life Moves Pretty Fast
We all know boats are liable to sink and the Titanic isn't just a cautionary tale. Unlike the 1912 disaster though, not all ships take upwards of two hours to go under. In fact, they can happen without warning.
Too Much To Handle
Why can these boats sink so suddenly, you might ask? Well, they're carrying much more than viewers might ever guess. Try tanks full of 30,000 pounds of fish stored in 10,000 pounds of H2O. You better hope nothing moves around too much or it can capsize the vessel.
Under (Less) Pressure Than You Might Think
Fishermen have to meet quotas, as is the case with most occupations. Unlike normal fishermen though, the "Deadliest Catch" crews don't rely on said quotas to support themselves (one of the many perks of being on television). In short, the show is altering quotas so much that it jeopardizes the earnings of the fishermen who don't have their own shows, while the stars come out looking like they're at the top of their game.
The Survival Suit
Fishermen are able to take a free course that teaches them how to survive in the water, as provided by the Coast Guard. The most important lesson is how to correctly put on the "cold water immersion suit." If you manage to get the suit on before you hit the water, you could very easily make it, but if not...well that might very well be the end.
Who's the Real Villain?
Captain Elliot Neese claims the drama that keeps that show rolling is all manipulated and fabricated. We've seen this before, of course, when producers put cast members in certain situations to elicit the reactions that will keep the audience coming back for more.
The Danger Zone
Just when you thought we were done listing off the many ways these fishermen risk their lives, there's more. Not only do boats run the risk of sinking, but they can run aground. This usually happens when fishermen are seeking out fish that remain in shallow water, like salmon. Whether it's the propeller or the hull, both are at risk, as is the crew.
Even Standing Can Be Perilous
If there is a storm, a real one, not one manufactured by the studio, anyone standing on deck could be whisked away. Because of the suddenness, the victim's absence might go unnoticed for awhile.
Rules of the Game
Fishing is strictly regulated. Sections of the ocean are open to fishermen for a certain period of time, but the moment the Department of Fish and Game close it, everyone has to stop. It's like a standardized test. Anything caught after closing could result in a boat losing their fishing license.
Unlike cops or soldiers, fishermen don't have to go to special academies or endure countless hours of rigorous training. Instead, they have to buy a fishing license for a few hundred bucks before they risk their lives. That's it.
They're Stricter About the Fish Than the Fishermen
So while a good deal of newbie fishermen lie about their experience and get away with it, the fish are regarded much more carefully. There are certain kinds of salmon, for instance, that are a no-go for fishing.
What Happens If You Don't Follow the Rules?
If any prohibited fish are caught without being released back into the water, before they expire, the consequences can range from fines to losing their boat.