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 www.timzimmermann.com.


Brancheau with an orca, December 2005

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...

Alexis Martínez and Dawn Brancheau at Loro Parque, September 2006.

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.

Ronnie Simpson

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.

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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.

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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...

The Wilderness Warrior

The Wilderness Warrior

Douglas Brinkley's biography of Teddy Roosevelt proves we still have a lot to learn from the conservation giant.

David de Rothschild

On Top of the World

Knocking off adventure firsts is nothing to scoff at. But David de Rothschild plans to use his far-flung expeditions for something else entirely.

Australian cave diver Dave Shaw October 2004.

Raising the Dead

At the bottom of the biggest underwater cave in the world, diving deeper than almost anyone had ever gone, Dave Shaw found the body of a young man who had disappeared ten years earlier. What happened...

Lonnie Dupre

Break on Through

"The only thing i can see stopping us is a medical issue, like a badly twisted leg," says veteran polar explorer and native Minnesotan Lonnie Dupre, 44, of his plan to cross the Arctic Ocean with 33-...

Claudio Stampi

Miles to Go Before I Sleep

Dr. Claudio Stampi teaches endurance sailors how to perform better on minimal sleep. The secret, he says, is learning how to power-nap.

Zodiac Ultimate Adventure Boat

Rough Beast

Zodiac introduces a rugged special-ops vessel that'll make you the talk of the dock

Record Collector

You better grab a lifeline and hold on tight when Steve Fossett decides to make another manic bid for glory

Knives in the Water

Clip in and hang on for the 31st America's Cup—a game of skill, guile, wealth, power, pettiness, paranoia, espionage, and egomania. And the sailing's not bad, either.

Half Mast

Murdered by pirates at 53, a champion long-haul sailor leaves behind a legacy of inspiration