Kelly and Tayla Stjernqvist investigate the carcass of a young humpback whale that washed up on the beach at Teewah.
Kelly and Tayla Stjernqvist investigate the carcass of a young humpback whale that washed up on the beach at Teewah. Contributed

Whale calf washes up on beach

A JUVENILE humpback may have been abandoned by its mother and then weakened by rough seas before being washed up on to Teewah beach, an expert said yesterday.

Teewah Village residents found the seven-metre carcass just after 7am.

Long-time resident Lindsay Dines, who took photos of the unmarked young whale, said he was alerted earlier to a large cod that had washed up dead in rough seas.

He discovered the mammal when he went to investigate.

He said it was already dead, however an Underwater World spokeswoman said first reports indicated the whale was alive at first but in distress and died soon afterwards.

Sea World experts were interested in studying autopsy samples after the Department of Environment and Resource Management arranged the whale’s removal.

University of Queensland whale researcher Michael Noad, who is part of a team based at Peregian studying the whale migration to the Antarctic, said the death of young whales was nothing unusual.

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