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How Deadliest Catch Member Josh Harris Really Felt About Reconnecting With His Brother Shane

Phil Harris has always consistently been in the top three favorite captains for viewers of "Deadliest Catch," and he's become even more beloved since his untimely death from a stroke in 2010. His sons, Josh and Jake Harris, have also been with the show since 2006, and viewers have enjoyed watching the two grow from 20-something greenhorns into full-fledged men. Both sons have tried to honor their father's legacy and show the world who he was, with both writing a book called "Captain Phil Harris: The Legendary Crab Fisherman, Our Hero, Our Dad" (via Google Books) and Jake eventually taking over as captain of the Cornelia Marie.

While Jake and Josh have revealed a lot of info about their dad over the years — especially with the book — many viewers had no idea that the brothers actually had a half-brother. "Shane is technically my half-brother on my mom's side," Josh says during Season 3, Episode 1 ("The Other Brother"). "After the divorce, my dad married my stepmom, Teresa, and she didn't want Shane coming around anymore. It didn't mean that he had to disappear forever, but he did." When Josh reaches out to his older brother for help in Season 3 of "Deadliest Catch: Bloodline," it brings back a rush of feelings for Josh.

Josh felt really good about reconnecting with his older brother

In Season 3 of "Deadliest Catch: Bloodline," Josh Harris, Casey McManus, and their new partner Jeff Silva are running a fishing operation in Hawaii during the off-season — a dream of Josh's dad, Phil. Josh remembers that his older half-brother, Shane, would have more information about Phil's fishing years in the 1980s than he would, so he decides to seek him out for the first time since Phil died in 2010, hoping he will help them fish and fill their orders. "It was really good to reconnect with my older brother," he told Headliner Chicago in an interview. "He's just a great guy. He's always kind of the boy scout of the family, you know, the 'good one' out of the three boys."

Unlike Josh and Jake, Shane didn't go into the crab fishing business. "The world isn't very familiar with my older brother," Josh told EW. "He was fishing for a while but he was like, 'Nah, this is stupid,' and he got his own company and was doing quite well." After reconnecting in "Deadliest Catch: Bloodline," Josh sought out Shane again for Season 18 of "Deadliest Catch," this time to return to the Dutch Harbor to fish for golden king crabs. At first, Shane is reluctant, but he agrees to help. Josh admitted he enjoyed being Shane's boss, and the experience fishing together went better than he thought it would, telling EW, "He worked his tail off. ... And we still talk. And he still gives me hugs, so that's a good start."