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The Deadliest Catch Reference You Likely Missed In Jurassic World Dominion

"Jurassic World Dominion" experienced a long, hard road getting into theaters. It started filming just in time to get shut down by the pandemic in March 2020 (via The Hollywood Reporter), one of numerous projects delayed by the onset of the then-novel coronavirus. Although it later become one of the earliest productions to resume shooting (as noted by Variety) that summer, it ended up being shut down again in October because of positive COVID-19 tests on sets. Eventually, its release was delayed by a year, and it finally came to the big screen on June 10, 2022. 

That didn't deter too many moviegoers, it seems. The dinosaur movie earned $172.5 million in its first five days after release, according to Forbes. And many fans clearly thought the summer blockbuster was worth the wait — including fans who also like to watch Discovery Channel's "The Deadliest Catch." In fact, the latter group noticed a little Easter egg in one scene that referenced the reality series in a fun — and hopefully non-realistic — way.

Jake Anderson's fishing vessel, the Saga, makes an appearance

Part of the scene in question actually appears in the "Jurassic World Dominion" trailer, which means eagle-eyed Redditors like u/M4dmiller were pointing the Easter egg out to each other months ago. 

In the actual sixth film of the "Jurassic Park" franchise, however, the scene lasts for a bit longer, making the special cameo much easier to spot and identify. It takes place early on, as the film works to establish that four years after the events of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" from 2018, dinosaurs have lived alongside humans — and not necessarily harmoniously. A giant Mosasaurus (they're 56 feet or so long, according to the Jurassic Park Wiki), decides to go after one of the giant steel crab pots that a fishing vessel is bringing up. Doing this overturns the vessel, and survival seems unlikely for the crew. 

That vessel turns out to be the Saga, captained by Jake Anderson — a well-known player in "The Deadliest Catch." Early on, Redditors identified the boat based on its lighting structure. Also on Reddit, a viewer named u/karmar13 claimed that slowing down the trailer frame by frame reveals the "AGA" of the vessel's name. Other Redditors came on once the movie was out in theaters to confirm the sighting, saying that the boat's name is shown in the scene. u/ApprehensiveRich2376 posted, "Watched it and straight away recognised the saga, plus you can clearly read the ships name in the film, on the cinema screen it's huge lol, when the attack happens you can even here someone scream the name 'Jake lookout'."

Hopefully, this doesn't portend an end to the Saga's adventures

Even in the trailer you can see that the boat doesn't have a very happy ending. "Humans and dinosaurs can't coexist," the commentary says, as the Mosasaurus, jaws clenched around the boat's crane, pulls the fishing vessel sideways into the sea. This seems like a sad — but possibly fitting — end for those who know the Saga, which has made a name for itself on "The Deadliest Catch" based on the many near-tragedies and close calls it has suffered over the years.

For example, in the 16th season of "Deadliest Catch," the Saga dealt with dangerous structural conditions, such as a malfunctioning rudder. When it didn't show up in the first few episodes of the 17th season, plenty of viewers wondered if the ship had finally sunk completely. The boat has been under seemingly constant renovation since 2016, after Anderson took command. In early June, a video post showcasing some of the newest changes appeared on Anderson's Facebook page, where — in a merging of fact and fiction — some fans have also commented on their amusement at seeing the Saga in the new "Jurassic World" film. 

Some viewers on Reddit speculate that Jake Anderson might not himself be too thrilled about the ship's appearance on the show, as such a scene might be bad karma, as u/HardSteelRain said — and this is a crew that needs all the help it can get. Still, at least one person thought he might be honored, and viewers were certainly excited to see it there. Either way, it seems that "the deadliest job in the world" would only get a wee bit deadlier if dinosaurs really did run amuck.