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Killer in the Pool [Kindle Edition]

Tim Zimmermann
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On February 24, 2010, Tilikum, the largest killer whale at SeaWorld, suddenly dragged Dawn Brancheau, his trainer, into the pool and killed her. Journalist Tim Zimmermann set out to find out why. His riveting account of Tilikum’s life, and the history of killer whale entertainment at marine parks, dives into the world of the ocean’s top predator. It chronicles Tilikum’s capture and separation from his family, and the physical and psychological stress he experienced in marine park pools over some 30 years. It explores Tilikum’s involvement in two previous deaths. And it details the inherent risks of using captive killer whales for human entertainment. Ultimately, Zimmermann explains how the life of Tilikum came to mean the death of Dawn Brancheau.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2478 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Word City, Inc.; 1 edition (February 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063CW45I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I read the original version of this article in "Outside" magazine. Tim has before totally involved himself in the world of the orca to bring us the truth. I had no idea about the former life that Tillikum had lived in Vancouver. How terrifying and ridiculous how they used to be kept at night. If you read the entire piece, you will have a clear concise idea of why captivity for killer whales is ridiculous, wrong, and downright dangerous. People will continued to be killed, there is no doubt in my mind. You can't completely control the top predator in the world and not expect some push back from them. Even the captive born orcas must know something isn't right and this isn't the life they were meant to live.
I live on San Juan Island where the killer whales roam free. I've been on Ken Balcomb research vessel and have grown to know the different whales out here. They each have their own personalities and their families. I've never seen aggression within the family groups as well.
I hope Tim continues to investigate and bring to life the emotions and reasons why killer whales are now truly living up to their names in captivity. I must stress again that no killer whale has ever attacked or killed a human in the wild. Only stir-crazy, unhealthy, unhappy orcas kill people.
This is a must read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those of us who love Orcas-this is a must read! September 14, 2012
By Gammie
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This is short but very informative. Once you read it you will realize that Tilikum has had enough! He was captured at the age of 2, ripped away from his mother (male orcas stay with their mothers their entire life - and in may cases die shortly after she does) and rest of his family - put in a small concrete pool, in a WAREHOUSE.......FOR A YEAR.....BY HIMSELF!!! Just picture that in your mind. After spending 2 yrs in the company of your mother, brothers, sisters - blissfully swimming in the ocean, doing what orcas do - then all of a sudden - everything you have known and loved has been taken away and there you float in a small pool, all by yourself...that alone could make you crazy. Its mind boggleing that humans can do this to an animal. If your heart goes out to these magnificant animal, may I suggest you first read David Kirby's book...."Death at SeaWorld/the dark side of killer whales in captivity" and watch a sad video about the inhumane treatment of dolphins in marine parks called "Saving Flipper", also watch a video "Lolita-Slave to Entertainment" - it will touch your life and your heart hopefully enought to want to save her.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great article, but content free online August 15, 2013
By R. Neff
This a strong piece of journalism; however, it is also available in its entirety online from Outside magazine. If you were curious if it varies significantly from this other online piece, the answer is no. That being said, it's a gripping read, and one that I highly recommend, especially if you're interested in the background to the 2013 documentary "Blackfish."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading August 12, 2013
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This was very informative by sad and tragic. It is easy to say that I will never participate anywhere there are whales in captivity and I will be vocal about the need to leave them in the ocean with their family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking... July 7, 2013
This book gives you a quick glimpse of what's going on at SeaWorld. As an orca lover I have to say now that I don't ever want to go back to SeaWorld, in order to stop captivity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read March 11, 2014
By colleen
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Love it! Very educational. I may never look at Sea World in the same light (or go there) again. Sorry
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 😞 March 13, 2014
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So immoral.
I will NEVER take my family to SeaWorld.
And I hope there will be laws put into place regarding keeping these intelligent creatures in captivity. Set them free! Instinct will awaken!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whale and People Exploitation September 27, 2012
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I read Killer in the Pool after I read Death at Seaworld. Together these books opened up an area of life I knew nothing about. The author of Killer in the Pool, Tim Zimmerman, researches and explores both sides of the debate about whale captivity. The reader will not be able to ride the fence or ignore such exploitation of animals and people for the sake of profit. The book includes history and hidden reasons for unnecessary death of the innocent, such as Dawn. My heart goes out to her family and friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Sad
This is a short but detailed essay about Tilikum (a marine park orca involved in three human deaths), and it's well worth the read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kait M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I luv anything w whales or sharks. I found the whole sea world tragedy fascinating n this book answered lots of questions .....
Published 4 months ago by Teresa Gentile
4.0 out of 5 stars Please Consider Reading This!
I never knew marinas could do these terrible things to killer whales and get away with it for all these years. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lorelei_1
3.0 out of 5 stars cites the discredited "ponytail" motivation for the fatal attack
All of this information was covered with more depth in "Black Fish" - this is detailed for the magazine piece it
Originally was
Published 5 months ago by Polly L. Mccall
1.0 out of 5 stars Short book
Seriously? I thought this was a BOOK not an ARTICLE. I'll be very careful the next time I buy anything for my Kindle to read, that I actually have a BOOK instead of something so... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Ochse
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone should read
Hard to read? Yes! But everyone should!!! I will never again step foot in a park that keeps such large marine animals. I feel horrible for the times I have!
Published 5 months ago by jaime mogavero
4.0 out of 5 stars sad
I really liked this book. It was sad. It continues to amaze me how people want to capture wild animals and wonder what went wrong. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lynne
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting reading, accompanied by the blackfish film
In the end, it figures you will never understand the orcas and what caused the trainer's death will remain totally unknown
Published 9 months ago by JALC
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid intro to the issue
Sort of like a detailed (but highly readable) summary of the captive orca issue and why so many are against that.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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