If there's one thing you can always count on "Deadliest Catch" to deliver, it's a bigger and scarier experience with each new season. Luckily for viewers, Season 12 -- which premieres on March 29 -- is no different.
After some of the worst storms the world has seen ravaged the crews in Season 11, they're back stronger than ever, but so is the insane weather that makes their jobs such a challenge.
"We had some storms this year," Captain "Wild Bill" Wichrowski tells Zap2it. "Every season it seems like they're getting more and more intense."
As the storms get worse, they also become more unpredictable. With so many boats on the water, that could spell bad news for any number of people.
"We know the weather gets bad, but we don't know which boat will take the big one," Captain Keith Colburn says. "Because there's always a wave with your name on it. This year we took a few."
Of course, with huge waves and the damage they cause practically a guarantee, properly documenting their experiences at sea isn't an easy job. In fact, it's one Colburn believes the crews filming the show didn't get right for years.
"These guys, I even told them after Season 6, 'You guys have never even captured the weather yet,'" says Colburn. With advances in technology and a crew that's evolved along with the show though, the cinematography has taken a huge leap forward -- even if it makes the audience more uncomfortable.
"Now they're actually getting it and people at home can sit there and almost feel and experience what we're actually doing," Colburn adds. "In fact, I think this year you'll probably get people getting seasick watching the show. It's not a deterrent, but just a hunch."
When you're not seasick watching the boat and its crew getting thrashed around in waves, keep in mind exactly how the show is shot. Most reality series employ large groups of crew members to properly document everything. With "Deadliest Catch" that's simply not possible.
"They're making TV, but it's really a documentary," Colburn says. "We've got two guys on the boat and they've got to do everything -- filming, technicians, lighting, sound." Wichrowski adds, "As far as a cameraman, it's one of the hardest jobs there is." Of course, it's not exactly a safe and relaxing job for fishermen either.
"Deadliest Catch" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery.