Don’t be a crab fisherman in Alaska, that is. If you’re wondering why, just watch a couple of these clips (especially #10 Weather) from Discovery Channel’s hit reality series Deadliest Catch and, trust me, you’ll understand.
The show, which follows a handful of Alaskan crab fishing boats on the storm-tossed Bering Sea, has developed a surprisingly sizeable following over the past five seasons. And now fans can get an up-close-and-personal look at these commercial fishermen’s world without having to brave the monster waves and brutal cold that go with the job.
Since one of our guiding principles states that “Reality kicks virtual reality’s butt every time,” we’ll only mention the Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm video game in passing. Better to get up off the couch, put down your Xbox 360 controller, and head for downtown Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal where you can tour the Sea Star, one of the fishing boats that starred in the show’s first season.
For a more immersive experience, book a spot on the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour that sets sail from the port of Ketchikan, Alaska. Climb aboard the 107-foot Aleutian Ballad, the only crab fishing boat designed and licensed to carry paying passengers, for a three-hour tour where you can watch the crew set and haul in 700-pound crab pots filled with a variety of marine life including crabs, octopus, cod, and even sharks, all of which get plopped into a live tank for your viewing pleasure before they’re returned to their watery home.
If that’s just not authentic enough for you, check out this page on the Deadliest Reports blog for tips on finding a job on a real Alaskan fishing boat. And if you’re, ahem, lucky enough to land a spot working on one of these boats, well, just don’t say we didn’t warn you!