By Tim Zimmermann
On February 24, 2010, Tilikum, the most important killer whale at SeaWorld, all of sudden dragged sunrise Brancheau, his coach, into the pool and killed her. Journalist Tim Zimmermann got down to discover why. His riveting account of Tilikum's lifestyles, and the historical past of killer whale leisure at marine parks, dives into the realm of the ocean's most sensible predator. It chronicles Tilikum's seize and separation from his kin, and the actual and mental rigidity he skilled in marine park swimming pools over a few 30 years. It explores Tilikum's involvement in earlier deaths. And it information the inherent hazards of utilizing captive killer whales for human leisure. eventually, Zimmermann explains how the lifetime of Tilikum got here to intend the dying of sunrise Brancheau.
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Tompkins and the team removed the male body. There were puncture wounds and multiple abrasions on the face. Rigor mortis was already setting in. The victim was Daniel Dukes, a troubled young man with a ponytail, a scraggly beard and mustache, and a big red “D” tattooed on his chest. He was 27, and 4 days earlier he had been booked for retail theft at the Indian River County Jail and released. Before that, he had lived for a time at a Hari Krishna Temple in Miami. Dukes had made his way from Indian River to Orlando, and started hanging around at SeaWorld.
His only water view is of a man-made lake. Goldsberry has a square head, crowned by close-cropped white hair. His health is fragile, and he has an oxygen tube clipped to his nose. But he still has the beefy arms of a waterman, and he appears unmoved by the controversy of his hunting days. “We showed the world that killer whales were good animals and all of a sudden people said, ‘Hey, leave these animals alone,’” he complained, sipping a mug of vodka and ice. ” Goldsberry has mostly kept his mouth shut about his work for SeaWorld and doesn’t much like talking to reporters.
The stress was worse at night. , after the shows were over, the orcas were moved into a small metal-sided pool that was 26 feet in diameter and less than 20 feet deep. The trainers referred to it as “the module,” and the orcas were left in it for more than 14 hours at a time. It was the cetacean equivalent of a sensory deprivation tank. According to Eric Walters, who was a trainer at Sealand from 1987 to 1989, the module was so confining that the orcas could scarcely swim without bumping into one another.
Killer in the Pool by Tim Zimmermann