A JUVENILE humpback may have been abandoned by its mother and then weakened by rough seas before being washed up on to Noosa North Shore, 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.
It was already dead, but an UnderWater World spokeswoman said first reports indicated the whale was alive at first, but in distress, and died soon afterwards.
Seaworld experts were interested in studying autopsy samples after Department of Environment and Resource Management arranged for removal of the whale.
University of Queensland whale researcher Michael Noad, who is part of a team based at Peregian studying the whale migration to the Antarctic, said that the death of young whales was nothing unusual.
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