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Tim Zimmermann

Tim Zimmermann

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


SeaWorld to End Orca Shows

SeaWorld's new CEO made a shocking announcement today about the future of its entertainment and breeding programs for killer whales. But what does that really mean for the future of its animals in captivity?

Tim Zimmermann
Mar 17, 2016

Eating Right Can Save the World

The endless cascade of nutritional information—about localism, vegetarianism, veganism, organic food, the environmental impact of eating meat, poultry, or fish, and more—makes the simple goal of a healthy, sustainable diet seem hopelessly complex. We talked to scientists, chefs, and farmers to get the ultimate rundown on how you should fuel up.

Tim Zimmermann
Jan 7, 2016

This Vegan-Approved Fish Will Change the Way You Eat

The oceans are in serious trouble, creating a tough question for consumers: Should I eat wild fish, farmed fish, or no fish at all? The author, a longtime student of marine environments, dove into an amazing new world of ethical harvesters, renegade farmers, and problem-solving scientists. The result: your guide to sustainably enjoying nature's finest source of protein.

Tim Zimmermann
May 27, 2015

6 Ways to Eat More Sustainable Seafood

The questions to ask, the apps to download, and the labels to seek out if you want to sustainably enjoy nature's finest source of protein

Tim Zimmermann
May 27, 2015

A Traumatic Look Behind the Scenes at SeaWorld

The hours are long, and the work can be dangerous. But animal care workers, the unsung heroes devoted to the health of mammals at SeaWorld and other marine parks, have unrivaled access to the animals—and the challenges of captivity. Here, three former employees go on the record about their experiences.

Tim Zimmermann
Aug 19, 2014

Free Lolita!

A popular performing orca may get listed under the Endangered Species Act. Her freedom rests on the decision.

Tim Zimmermann
Jan 28, 2014

A Surge In Wild Orca Capture for Killer Whale Shows

In the past two months 7 wild orcas have been captured in the Sea of Okhotsk for the purposes of stocking aquariums and water parks. These are the first wild orca caught in more than a decade, making it clear that Russian fishermen are earnest about reviving the wild capture trade.

Tim Zimmermann
Nov 8, 2013

SeaWorld has called the new documentary Blackfish, about its treatment of orcas in captivity, “shamefully dishonest, deliberately misleading, and scientifically inaccurate.” But the co-writer argues that the facts speak for themselves.

Tim Zimmermann
Jul 19, 2013

Talk to Me

Dolphins communicate with each other, but can they communicate with us? Marine biologist Denise Herzing is drawing on decades of research, a vast digital library of whistles and clicks, and new computer wizardry designed to bridge the species gap. Tim Zimmermann goes deep with one of history's grandest experiments.

Tim Zimmermann
Sep 20, 2012

Did a judge in Florida just put an end to SeaWorld's famous killer whale shows? A ruling issued yesterday may change the way marine amusement parks work forever.

Tim Zimmermann
May 31, 2012

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.

Tim Zimmermann
Jan 25, 2012