The newest episode of Uncut with Jay Cutler dropped today as the show welcomed Deadliest Catch: Bloodline‘s Josh Harris to the podcast. The boat captain sat down to talk about all the wild stories he has from his years of fishing in over a million miles of open ocean.
Josh Harris opens up to Jay Cutler about his career and how his entire adult life has revolved around crazy adventures at sea that are filmed for television. He talks about learning to fish tuna from Samoan fisherman in Hawaii. Additionally, he shares how they made him eat the beating heart of a tuna after his first catch. Spoiler alert – it was disgusting.
The podcast host then asks Harris about some of the strangest things he’s seen at sea. The boat captain tells Jay about the weirdest fish he’s ever pulled out of the ocean. Harris says he could see straight through its body and that it began to melt after being out of the ocean for less than a minute. Of course, the strange and usual didn’t stop there.
The angler also talks about how many species in the ocean are unknown to us. He tells a crazy story about sea creatures three times the size of a submarine moving at the speed of sound. Harris then shares that he’s seen sperm whales surface that have huge bites in their sides from an unknown predator. The boat captain’s stories do not disappoint as the guys talk about that and much more this week on Uncut with Jay Cutler.
Josh Harris Tells Jay Cutler About Eating a Tuna’s Beating Heart
Deadliest Catch: Bloodline‘s Josh Harris has spent most of his adult life at sea. In fact, most of that has been filmed for the hit Discovery series he stars on. Season 3 of the popular show just released in April as Harris and his crew continue their hunt in Hawaiian waters after finding his dad’s old charts from the area.
Josh is on a mission to pick up where his dad, Phil Harris, left off using his old maps and following in his footsteps. The boat captain opened up about the show and filming around Hawaii. He talked about red crabs being his crew’s bread and butter. But local Samoan fishermen have been teaching Josh and his crew how to fish for tuna. He likely appreciates learning how to fish for tuna. But he didn’t particularly care for one tradition the Samoans pressured him into after catching his first tuna. It’s definitely been a learning experience for Harris.
“Kind of a learning experience? Oh yea, dude. And then when you’re with these intimidating big, huge Samoan guys, it’s like you’re frontline. They’re staring at you, and they’re like, ‘Hey, dude. You gotta eat this heart.’ And they cut the [tuna] open and rip its heart out and it’s still beating. I’m like come on, man. So if you ever come over here and you go fishin’ with us, I’ll tell you what, man. You gotta eat a bite out of this beating heart. I’ll start puking for ya. I mean it’s disgusting, it’s absolutely terrible,” Josh Harris told host Jay Cutler with a laugh.
The Boat Captain Shares a Story About a Weird Transparent Melting Fish
Host Jay Cutler and his guest Josh Harris got into a conversation about the crazier things he’s seen at sea. Yes, eating a tuna’s beating heart counts, but Cutler wanted to know about any strange species of fish Harris and his crew have come across.
“You ever pulled up a fish and you were like, ‘We don’t know what the hell this thing is?'” Cutler asked the famous boat captain.
During the most recent season of filming Deadliest Catch: Bloodline, Harris and his crew pulled in something really odd. They caught a transparent fish that began to melt before their eyes. That’s not a typo, and the fishermen were just as stumped as you are right now. No one aboard the boat could identify the sea creature.
“Yea, we had this… there was a fish that came up just this last season when we were fishing really deep. It had like a jellyfish-style body,” Josh Harris answered Jay Cutler. “You could see all the organs inside of it, and it had this weird big head. Then, when it sat on deck for about 30 seconds, it started to melt away. We’ve got a federal cop on the boat. And I’m looking at this dude like, ‘What was that?’ He goes, ‘I don’t know.’ Everyone was afraid to touch it. It was pretty weird.”
Josh Harris Talks Unknown Sea Creatures That Are 3x the Size of a Submarine
As the guys continued to talk about Josh Harris’ ocean adventures, host Jay Cutler dived into the unknown. So much of the ocean is is unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored. In fact, more than eighty percent of the ocean is a mystery to us. Yet this is where Harris makes his living. Someone out at sea as much as the boat captain is bound to see some strange things, and he definitely has. Yet his former captain license teacher’s story tops them all.
Harris shared a story about getting his captain license from a teacher who ran nuclear submarines for 35 years. Some of the things his teacher saw during his long career working on subs deep under the ocean almost didn’t make sense. Harris said the guy was able to tell them the stories because they had just become declassified. In fact, he said Russian and Chinese submarines had seen the sea creature as well.
“So he’s running a sub that’s 585-feet-long,” Harris says of the man’s story. “And he goes, ‘Something three times the size of the sub and moving at the speed of sound underneath the water shot by and everything went black. Like knocked out the sub.’ And he goes, ‘We were out – blew all the breakers – we were out for about an hour and a half, two hours before we could repair everything.’ He goes, ‘That happened three times in my career.'”
“Can you imagine something that’s 1,500-feet-long moving at the speed of sound underneath the water?” Harris asked Cutler.
“That’s wild,” the podcast host answered.
“Dude, that’s legit,” Harris continued. “I mean, you look at some of those sperm whales that are coming up and they’ve got chunks missing out of the side of them. There are bite marks in the side of them that are just massive, like megalodon size. You would think [sperm whales] are the apex predator. But come to find out, nope.”
Josh Harris speaks even more about his ocean adventures during this week’s podcast. Make sure to check out his full conversation with host Jay Cutler in the video above, or tune in and listen to Uncut with Jay Cutler on Spotify, Apple, or wherever else you listen to your favorite podcasts.