Out in the frozen waters of the Bering Sea, life is hard. This Tuesday the season finale of Deadliest Catch airs and it looks like a hard, rough time for the crews. Crab fishing is no joke. As the season has progressed, the boats are getting further north. That means more ice and more intense conditions. However, it is all worth it if they can get to the pots in the depths below.
Getting all the pots is a big goal. Once the waters freeze and the ice begins to become more prevalent, it becomes harder to retrieve the cages of crab in the water. Ahead of the season finale on Tuesday, the Deadliest Catch Twitter page shared a trailer of the 2-hour episode.
Over the years, viewers have seen these boats and crews in unforgivable conditions. The cold waters they fish do not relent. Through tall waves, icy water, bitter wind, and more, these boats trudge along in order to make the most of the season. It is dangerous work, the show name speaks for itself. In this new trailer, it looks like more of the same, and the season finale looks to be intense.
“It’s looking pretty gnarly out,” says a crew member at the beginning of the video. That was a bit of an understatement.
The scenes following showed ice to the horizon and waters so dangerous they got my heart pumping just watching the video. It does seem like these crews are in for a bad time in the season finale. The video ends with a wave crashing over the side of a boat in the worst position it could be in and capsizing it. Just scary stuff.
‘Deadliest Catch’: Losing Power on the Bering Sea
Not only do crews battle conditions outside the boat, but there are also internal conditions to deal with as well. One of the biggest issues that can arise while out on the water is losing power.
If the main generator loses power a backup is usually the go-to. However, that doesn’t always work. Recently, the Cornelia Marie found itself without power. The worst part about losing power, the water pumps stop working. While the crabs are on the ship, their water has to be fresh to keep them alive. Pumps bring fresh water into the holds where the crabs are kept.
Losing the fuel pump means losing the crabs. Losing the crabs means losing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Thankfully, the Cornelia Marie was able to restore their power and keep the crab alive. However, they did need to get another pump and stay close to land for an extended time.