One Deadliest Catch crew got in in a fight after catching only three crabs. In a clip from the show posted by Discovery UK, the crew of the Seabrooke encountered trouble after trying to fish in a sweet spot. Unfortunately, they have no luck at all.
“They haven’t had a break, so attitude starts rising,” one member of the crew said after the Greenhorn is yelled at to shut up.
In another instance, someone said, “Greenhorn, you don’t get to speak around here!” That’s when one of the crew members gets in a physical altercation with the greenhorn.
Most of the youtube comments were in support of the young deckhand.
“The experienced guys acting like babies and taking it out on the Greenhorn. Shame,” one person wrote
“greenhorn helps for one sec than get’s assaulted. god, I love people,” another person said.
“I love how these greenhorns are treated like crap and the lazy captain sits on his ass in the driver’s seat and keeps pushing them harder,” a fan commented.
Others felt like the fight could be staged. While Deadliest Catch certainly has very real moments, it wouldn’t be the first time it had a scene that seems a bit…. fishy.
“Thinking this was staged. Nothing more than a shoving match going on there. Hell, most of the drama on this show is staged. Still fun to watch sometimes,” a fan wrote.
How the ‘Deadliest Catch’ Crew Count Crabs
The Deadliest Catch crew works tirelessly, and even the parts of the job that look easy to the viewers is difficult. The act of counting the crabs they caught is actually a complicated process. Once the crabs are caught, there is a crew behind the scenes that immediately works to sort them.
Sorters have to determine if a crab is large enough to sell and keep. They’re laid out on a table one by one and measured with a measuring stick. The sorter also has to throw back all-female crabs. Thankfully, it’s fairly easy to distinguish females from the males.
Once they’re sorted and measured, they then get counted. This can take literal hours to accomplish on heavier hauls. When you saw more crabs than three get pulled in in the video, it becomes clear that only three are actually viable to sell.
While it’s a ton of work to count and sort the crabs, a lengthy count means a good catch, unlike the brawl causing catch in the clip above.
When working as hard as the Deadliest Catch crew does, tensions can run high. But there’s also a ton of intrigue in the fishing itself. If you want to watch Deadliest Catch, you can stream the series on Discovery + or watch it unfold on the Discovery Channel.