After a short season of winter dredging, the teams of Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice finally had to give it up to the whims of Mother Nature. With spring just around the corner, the ice could no longer support the weight of the dredge set-ups, and it was time to leave.
The Lazy Gator, finishing out its first season, led the gold count all the way to the end, winding up with a grand total of 85.95 ounces ($157,501.93). The Shamrock, the biggest and most expensive dredge operation of the three, barely covered their bills, winding up with 68.45 ounces ($114,002.18). The Clark’s season was little more than a total bust, with only 7.7 ounces ($12,639.55) dredged over the course of the entire season.
Zeke Tenhoff, the owner of the Clark, was probably the most painful diver to watch this season. He was so desperate to find gold, and found almost nothing. And, every time he failed, he became more and more explosive. By the time the season was at an end, and it was clear, even to Zeke, that there was no way to pull a rabbit out of the hat, he became absolutely volcanic:
“Why isn’t there any gold here?” Zeke fretted, as Emily looked on, her face a combination of sad and concerned. “You know what? This ocean doesn’t owe me anything! It reminds me every time I come down here that it owes me nothing! I’m done with it!” As he rose to the top, he began screaming to Emily, before he even got his mask off, “What kind of amateur am I? Seriously! What kind of amateur am I?”
Emily had no words of wisdom for him, and just continued to look on sadly, waiting for him to calm himself.
So, Zeke says he’s done with it. Well, technically, that might be a good idea, but it seems likely that Bering Sea Gold fans have not seen or heard the last of Zeke Tenhoff.
Now that the season is over, it is time to go behind the dive masks and find out more about the men (and woman) making up each of the crews. Producer Thom Beers will sit down with team members from the Lazy Gator, the Shamrock and the Clark, beginning this week, and ask them all of the questions that fans have been asking each other as they sat around their televisions on Friday nights, and gathered in chat rooms on Saturday mornings. No doubt, at least a couple of questions will begin with, “What were you thinking when …?”
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice airs Part I of “After the Dredge” on the Discovery Channel tonight, Friday, September 28, at 9/8c.
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