I’m messing with the online editor, please don’t even think of posting this.
Those darn cetaceans, they’re so charismatic that everyone wants a piece of the action when they get their names in the paper. I have to stick up for my buddy Delingpole, (I’ve always liked lost causes) but there is a lesson here too: If the seemingly cool scientific report isn’t peer reviewed, caveat emptor.
Go back to the original paper in question. It supports neither the press release nor the various stories written off the press release. I read it, ugh. It was about as dry and lifeless as possible. However, the authors of the paper, Professor Ian Boyd, in a fit of speculation, were quoted rather precisely:
However, he wished to correct a report on this website this week that said there was a proven link between off-shore wind farms and strandings.
The professor said a quotation attributed to him in a press release issued by the university, which discussed strandings related to sonar emissions from naval vessels and which suggested renewable energy sources also contributed to the disturbance of whales, had been taken out of context.