Rebecca O'Connor

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Rebecca K. O'Connor is a freelance writer, a falconer, a professional animal trainer and has written and edited books on a variety of topics including natural disasters, life after death, endangered animals, endangered habitats and pet care.

The Wicked Tuna fleet is pulling out all the stops in week eight. Tuna.com is fighting to keep a narrow lead over Hot Tuna and the time for fishing is winding down for the harpoon boat Lily. The weather is changing, the tuna are running deeper and it won’t be long until the season is…

In week seven, the Wicked Tuna fleet is drifting through a major lull and growing desperate to catch fish. The Bluefin remain elusive, but tempers are easy to find. When no one is catching fish, there are plenty of places to lay the blame. Tuna.com is currently at the top of the leaderboard, but The…

The captains and crews of Wicked Tuna are heading into Week Six.  The Hot Tuna still sits at the top of the leaderboard, but the other boats are creeping up on the top spot. The captains are pulling out all the stops, even bringing their lucky charms along with them. Catching a tuna takes more…

It’s week five on Wicked Tuna and The Hot Tuna is soundly at the top of the leaderboard. The boats are desperate to catch up and no one seems to have an issue with fishing on another captain’s numbers. These carefully guarded geographic coordinates don’t seem to be much of a secret. The Pinwheel is…

In Windham, Vermont, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild on a mountain peak. It’s not just any mountain or an ordinary cabin either. Tim Waker and his son Chris, who is a professional snowboarder, have purchased the abandoned Timber Ridge Ski Resort and they have big plans. On…

On Wicked Tuna at the start of week four, Hot Tuna is in the lead while Miss Sambvca is still looking for its first bluefin. The hunt for fish is on and as things get more desperate, some of the captains resort to espionage. Information leads to some bites, but the captains and crew still…

In Cambridge New York, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild smack in the middle of the swamp. Jared Woodcock aka “Bird Boy” is a “bird-a-tologist” according to Paulie. Actually, he’s a biologist who now teaches sustainable agriculture and has a real love for birds and the swamp. In…

As the eleventh leg of Ultimate Survival Alaska wraps, the three remaining teams are still fighting to be the winner. The score is tied up and the teams are giving it all they’ve got. They will all battle 20 miles of deadly white water rapids to reach the Cook Inlet where they will paddle kayaks…

In Buskirk, New York, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild in the most mucky terrain and most challenging weather they’ve encountered yet. Tim Fauler, a podiatrist has been dreaming of his own cabin. His best friend Chris Stevens who has been a  friend since playing football together in…

On this week’s episode of Wicked Tuna, a dangerous storm is moving in and the captains are desperate to pull up a fish before the weather hits. It’s the third week and The Hot Tuna sits on top of the leaderboard, but the harpoon boat Lily and FV Tuna.com are close behind. Despite the rough…

As the eleventh leg of Ultimate Survival Alaska begins, the three remaining teams are tied. And this time, the winner takes all. However, this is the toughest leg yet. The teams are facing their longest journey -60 miles in 60 hours. They will need to descend 3,000 feet down a crevasse-laden glacier, navigate 20 miles of whitewater…

Spoiler Alert! If you want to watch this episode and not ruin the surprise, stop reading now!   In Vermont, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild with a shipping container and a plan. At least, Paulie has a plan. Tuffy thinks that making a dream home out of…

In the tenth leg of Ultimate Survival Alaska the three remaining teams land on Kodiak Island, the second largest island in the United States. The guys will have to fight their way through 37 miles of thick forest to reach the extraction landing zone at Deer Bay. Endurance is once again in a must-win position.…

Spoiler Alert! If you want to watch this episode and not ruin the surprise, stop reading now! In Beartown, Vermont,  Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild for a fifth grade teacher who knows his way around a chalkboard, but isn’t sure what to do with power tools.…

In the ninth leg of Ultimate Survival Alaska, the three remaining teams must cross Kodiak brown bear country at Afognak Island with the salmon spawn in full swing. The question isn’t if, but when the competitors are going to be face-to-face with the dangerous predators. The teams must cross 31 miles of bear-packed wilderness to…

Spoiler Alert! If you want to watch this episode and not ruin the surprise, stop reading now! In rural New York, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild and cranking up dueling chainsaws to build a cabin fit for father and son loggers. Pat and Ryan Sweeney have…

Captain Wes Humbyrd is one of the toughest stars of Alaska Fish Wars. He has been fishing Alaska for 48 years. He first came up to gill net salmon in 1966 and in 1971 moved up and stayed. You name it and he’s fished it. He has fished for Dungeness and king crab, trawled for…

In leg eight of Ultimate Survival Alaska, the teams trek through dense alder thickets, fjord the roaring Coal Creek and scale a 600-foot rock fall to reach the extraction landing zone at Twin Falls. This leg, Grady and Jared are facing a new challenge. Team Military is down a man and an important asset after…

Spoiler Alert! If you want to watch this episode and not ruin the surprise, stop reading now! In Sandgate, Vermont, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild for a retired 70-year-old equine veterinarian. Paulie says they are building a cabin in the sweet old man’s backyard. However, 1,000…

Spoiler Alert! If you want to watch this episode and not ruin the surprise, stop reading now! In Dover, Vermont, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild and crafting a rustic Italian getaway for the Cangiano family. Of course with every build there are issues, and this one…

Warning: SPOILER ALERT. If you haven’t watched this episode, stop reading now! On leg seven of Ultimate Survival Alaska, the teams begin their trek off the toe of the barrier glacier. With only four legs remaining, Military and Mountaineers are tied with two wins, Endurance trailing with a single win.  First the teams will cross…

Spoiler Alert! If you want to watch this episode and not ruin the surprise, stop reading now! In Fayville, Vermont on 1,100 acres of spectacular, but brutal, terrain Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild, for an ex-Navy SEAL and his best friend. Paulie wants to give these…

Warning: SPOILER ALERT. If you haven’t watched this episode, stop reading now! Traversing the treacherous Hayes Glacier, the Ultimate Survival Alaska teams are faced with dangerous cliff faces, crevasses, and moulins on their way to dense forest, and then ultimately the extraction landing zone at Red Salmon Lake 30 miles away. Endurance is riding high…

Spoiler Alert! If you want to watch this episode without getting the lowdown on what happened, stop reading now! In Jackson, New York, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of  the Cabin Kings are Building Wild, constructing a cabin for farmer Mike Carney and eleven life-long friends who hunt together every year. They call…

Warning SPOILER ALERT! If you have not watched this episode, read no further. In the wet and wild fifth leg of Ultimate Survival Alaska, the teams land in the Skewntna River Valley, to race down 50 miles of turbulent rivers and navigate a particularly treacherous section known as “Hell’s Gate.” If they make it through,…