Killer in the Pool - Tim Zimmermann

Killer in the Pool

  • Release Date: Sep 3rd, 2016
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 4.5
From 81 Ratings


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 thirty 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.


  • Killer in the Pool

    By Ckeli72
    Good book with lots of facts about the sad reality of Sea Worlds multi-million dollar industry. Keeping these poor whales in captivity, proves not only harmful to the animal, but fatal to those forced to put on a good show. Truly sickening! Sea World should not be allowed to take such a precious token of the sea, simply to use as a circus act.
  • Killer in the pool

    By Toadster75
    If you love whales you'll love it!!!
  • Bad times

    By JJ bird watcher
    Great read, free the whales
  • A detailed inside view of life in the Orca Pool

    By Randompiece
    This incredible book is not only well written and captivating form the first sentence on, but it is also a behind the scenes story on the life of one of the most revered and powerful "pets" in the world… Seaworld's orcas. Although the conclusion of the book is clear from it's start, the story of Tilikum is a warning sign that compells us to discriminate against keeping these animals as part o a show. It is also the story of an industry -marine parks- as seen through the eyes of one of it's sons. One that was affectes by their negligence and avarice.
  • Will Scott

    By Will Scott is cheese
    My name is will Scott
  • Sad

    By Cobragal
    This was a great story, but very sad and unfortunately true!
  • A Insightful Book

    By tommychico
    I've always had a love/hate relationship with Sea World. They first introduced me to the beauty and power of the Orcas species but this book has pierced my heart over keeping these majestic beings locked up. Perhaps we have learned all that we can.
  • Great!

    By Tim Gill
    If you remember the sad story of this event, this quick read adds a lot of behind the scenes information.
  • Love and awareness

    By Sharkbait
    This quick read was emotional as much as it was informational. The life as a killer whale kept in captivity explains how a whale truly feels.