Sea World - Killer whale (Tillikum)

Sea World - Killer whale (Tillikum) (FRANK RIVERA, ORLANDO SENTINEL / July 6, 1999)

Killer in the Pool

By Tim Zimmermann, New Word City, all formats, $2.99

Tim Zimmermann, a correspondent with Outside magazine, has published "Killer in the Pool," an e-book about the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau, who drowned after a trained killer whale dragged her to the bottom of a pool. The story caused a media sensation when it was first reported, but Zimmermann takes a closer look at the facts, offering a fuller portrait of both Brancheau and Tilikum, the whale. Zimmermann investigates the history of orcas in entertainment; you don't need to be an animal rights activist to appreciate the problems posed by keeping killer whales in captivity. In impressively even-handed writing, "Killer in the Pool" portrays the horror of the human deaths and injuries that result from working with captive whales while exposing the corruption that turns "killer whales into killer profits."

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