I've a pretty thick skin when it comes to these things; I'm not in the least concerned that an alternative opinion has been expressed, or being referred to as Mr, Rick, Fred, Ralph, Mary or John (even Carol). Debate is good - name calling and general pooh-poohing of someone else's theories, in my mind without taking the full facts into consideration, is not good.
We do have a PhD student, XXXX, about to undertake a study looking at the diet of these whales - in particular looking for any temporal trends in the diet of the whales. The worst-case scenario is that trends will become apparent; no matter what happens, however, if any of the squid species in the diet of these whales are presently being impacted by trawl activity, and we know this to be the case already, then remedial action needs to be taken.
I realise that this is an 'octopus [insert squid] magazine online', and it might not be the most appropriate forum in which to openly discuss whale diet with Steve Dawson, but if he choses to discuss this here then we will all benefit. I would like a debate to develop, and I believe everyone here has something to contribute to it. Jean, any chance of getting Steve to post? Discussion is good; perhaps O'Shea is up the creek on this one (although I don't believe that I am).