‘Deadliest Catch’ Deckhand Jumps Into Life-Threatening Waters for Walrus Ivory
The Polar Bear Club has nothing on these guys. When the crew of the “Deadliest Catch” vessel the Wizard spotted a walrus carcass floating in the Bering Sea, no one could resist snapping it up — which makes sense, because (in case you didn’t know) walrus tusks can be worth up to $5,000 each.
Captain Keith called the walrus the “trophy of the sea,” as his team closed in on the dead mammal. Unfortunately, their mission didn’t quite go as planned.
They were having a heap o’ trouble getting the giant carcass hooked to the boat … until the deckhand Freddy decided to take matters into his own hands. He peeled off his yellow slicker and jumped into the rocky, freezing, 35 degree waters in his underwear to get it. Fun fact: After 60 seconds in waters that cold, potentially deadly hypothermia begins to set in. Guess this guy really wanted those tusks.
As Freddy plunged into the icy waters, Captain Keith tried to intervene.
“No, no, no, no, no!” he cried. “Somebody go get a survival suit! Holy s***! What are you doing?!”
But the deckhand was already paddling through the waves, well into his mission.
“Freddy just disrobed and jumped in the f***ing water on me. I don’t know what he’s f***ing thinking,” the captain lamented.
Freddy, however, seemed more determined than fearful (which is probably what led him to jump into the freezing ocean in the first place). And after what amounted to a few moments of complete chaos, both Freddy and the prized ivory were retrieved from the sea.
The crew got their treasure and fans got some great TV… and Freddy didn’t die. In other words, everybody wins.
“Deadliest Catch” airs on the Discovery Channel on Tuesdays at 9 PM.