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Killer in the Pool by [Zimmermann, Tim]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 995 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Word City, Inc.; 1 edition (24 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063CW45I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A must-read! Zimmermann considers both sides of the argument in a well balanced, detailed account on the tragedy that is both Brancheau's death and Tilikum's life. Zimmermann shows us all what really happens 'behind the scenes' and how the performances we are blown away with depict merely a fragment of the truth regarding the captivity of marine animals. I think what is clear after reading is Brancheau's death was a result of our fascination with such intelligent animals; harmless if engaged in the right way i.e the wild yet fatal if abused. Zimmermann shows us the flaws in our society; can we withhold our desire to see this beautiful creature in order to keep it from being subjected to holding tanks a mere 4ft larger than the whale or other factors that contribute to psychological damage? Clearly,no we cannot. This ground breaking account concludes neither Dawn nor Tilikum are at fault. The whale should never have been there; it was us who put it there.
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This incident was sad for everybody concerned. However, the world needs to see that we can no longer confine these sentient beings in the manner that has been done to now. Informative but unbiased and presents facts to raise awareness , well done Tim. How many more Orcas and humans must give their lives before we learn?
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Since becoming aware of Tilikum`s plight I have read several books and articles on the subject, but none describe his plight as well as this one, and I found it heart wrenching. No one who reads this can continue to believe that Tilly can be blamed for the death of Dawn Brancheau. Those who ripped him from his mother as a 2 year old and have continued to confine and abuse him for nearly 30 years bear the guilt. That he can no longer be considered for release is a further tragedy, but works of this calibre may someday persuade those who "own" him to retire him to a sea pen.

If not we can only hope a quick and peaceful death will soon release him from his misery.
I recommend that you read this and make up your own mind.
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Brilliantly written, with the salient facts given in an impartial way before the author makes his own assessment of the factors leading to the neuroses exhibited by Tilicum and other orcas in captivity. While it's been done before, I think Tim should explore this issue further and produce a longer piece looking at the issues surrounding captive marine mammals across the world. His clear yet sparky writing would be the perfect medium to help further raise awareness about this controversial issue. I got really into this book from the start, and was quickly disappointed as I reached the end when I would have happily read on for hours... such quality of writing is rare, and I want to read more of it!
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This was an excellent book and very informative concern in the issues of captivity and in particular Tilikum. Although it was a short read it contains a lot of valuable information that wasn't fully explained in the Documentary Blackfish. I am glad to finally see literature concerning this controversial topic becoming available as so much information has been kept from the public or heavily distorted to keep support of places like Sea World for obvious reasons. Although this is mostly a story of Tilikium it touches upon other whales stories which in some cases can be just as alarming finding out the injuries these poor animals can sustain from their partificial environment.
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I have used this title to describe what was pure greed. To steal baby orcas from their mothers and extended family is nothing but criminal. Man's ignorance of these animals has inevitably caused human deaths. To take the orcas from established pods which communicate between each other in the same language and dialect and then to put them with orcas from entirely different pods, different regions, different countries , to deny them their freedom is pure cruelty. This book gives an insight into the orca industry which, thankfully, may have its days numbered
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I was well aware of the Tilikum story and wanted this to fill in the smaller details. It did as required. My only complaint was that I was looking forward to a good, long read and this took less than an hour to finish. My own fault, as I didn't note the number of pages.
A good book. Read it, watch Blackfish and then boycott Sea World!
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