Tim Zimmermann

Author's Bio

Tim Zimmermann is a Correspondent here at Outside, Associate Producer and Co-Writer of the documentary Blackfish  and author of The Race, a history of round-the-world sailboat racing. He is @Earth_ist on Twitter, and you can find out more about his work at www.timzimmermann.com.

SeaWorld’s Most Rewarding and Traumatic Job

I’ve long thought that to truly understand what life is like for a killer whale, dolphin, or sea lion at a marine park, you have to talk to the animal care workers, who are on the front lines with...

A Surge In Wild Orca Capture for Killer Whale Shows

No matter what one thinks about the wisdom and morality of marine park killer whale shows, most people find the idea of marine parks stocking their pools with killer whales taken from the wild...

Taking on SeaWorld: Let the Voyage Begin

Tim Zimmermann, a producer on the new documentary Blackfish responds to SeaWorld, which has reproached the film as “shamefully dishonest, deliberately misleading, and scientifically inaccurate.”

Talk to Me

Marine biologist Denise Herzing has spent two decades communing with dolphins off the coast of Florida. Now, equipped with sophisticated devices capable of making the sounds they use to communicate,...

Verdict Blocks SeaWorld Orca Shows

A decision made by Administrative Law Judge Kenneth Welsch yesterday in an Orlando courtroom will fundamentally change SeaWorld's killer whale shows. In a landmark case, Judge Welsch ruled in favor... Read More

Shamu Show Smackdown

A decision made by Administrative Law Judge Kenneth Welsch yesterday in an Orlando courtroom will fundamentally change SeaWorld's killer whale shows.

The Kid is Alright

Guinness World Records didn’t recognize Laura Dekker’s accomplishment as the youngest teen to sail solo around the world. Who cares? Her journey was more inspiring than any other nautical teen quest.

OSHA Goes After SeaWorld, Part 2

Is working closely with killer whales in a marine park dangerous for trainers? Our reporter travels to a courtroom in Florida to cover the controversial OSHA-SeaWorld hearing, the outcome of which...

OSHA Goes After SeaWorld

Is working closely with killer whales at SeaWorld dangerous for trainers? At a hearing in Florida, lawyers for OSHA say it is.

Blood in the Water

On December 24, 2009, a 6,600-pound orca killed trainer Alexis Martínez at a marine park in the Canary Islands. Two months later, trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by an orca at SeaWorld Orlando....

The Long Way Back

After Marine Corps Veteran Ronnie Simpson survived an explosion in Iraq in 2004, he threw himself at an audacious goal: to sail around the world, another quest that almost killed him.

It’s Hard Out Here for a Shrimp

I see a jig rising past me, and the hooked squid is flashing red and white like a neon sign. It feels like fear—or at least a vain plea for mercy.

The Killer in the Pool

Last February, when a 12,000-pound orca named Tilikum dragged his SeaWorld trainer into the pool and drowned her, it was the third time the big killer whale had been involved in a death. Many...

Five Top Twitters

The new yardstick of an athlete's cultural relevance? His following on the rapid-fire social-networking site Twitter. Here's how our favorite stars stack up.