‘Deadliest Catch’: Here’s Why the Crab is Counted, Not Weighed

by Jonathan Howard
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While facing the cold, harsh waters of the Bering Sea, the crews on Deadliest Catch have a hard job. Not only do they fight the elements, but they also have to do a bit of math as well. Those who have seen the show know that the fishermen count the crab to get an idea of what their payday is going to look like.

However, some fans have wondered why the crews do the extensive counting. Surely, it would be easier to weigh the crab and get a count that way? It does seem difficult, but that’s the name of the job, really. Reddit user u/HalfADozenOfAnother posed the question just the other day. The responses make a lot of sense.

“Seems like [having] a scale next to [the] totes would be way more accurate and efficient than counting the crab and guessing the average weight,” the post read. Comments quickly flooded the replies. There were some good answers that made a lot of sense. There seemed to be more than one experienced viewer.

“Try and weigh something on a rolling deck and you’ll see why,” u/2R0bTt replied with 13 upvotes. Another user offered a memory from the show’s past. “A few years ago they actually showed the Northwestern (I think) weighing about 10 crabs to determine the average weight of each crab.” While the show gives all aspects of the job, perhaps the weighing part, if it happens at all, is just too mundane. It does seem that counting each would be much easier than weighing large quantities while the boat is rocking and rolling.

‘Deadliest Catch’ New Season, More Pranks

One of the best parts of the Deadliest Catch experience is seeing how the crews interact. Whether it’s within the same boat or across enemy lines, the pranks and other incidents are hilarious. Most recently, while doing a favor for another captain, the Time Bandit may have laid out the pots in an unusual pattern.

By the time anyone checked in on the pots, they had made quite the shape on the GPS. That shape…a walrus appendage that will remain unnamed. It got quite a laugh from the Time Bandit and the rival captain. At the end of the day, it is all fun and games except when it comes to the crab count.

Over the course of the series, there have been so many great pranks. There has also been a lot of great moments of sportsmanship and camaraderie. At the end of the day, each crew is just trying to eat and put food on the table. Without the brotherhood and cooperation on the seas, many boats would have had many unfortunate days on the water. That’s what keeps fans coming back all these years later.

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