UPDATE: RANGERS say there are no obvious signs of what caused the death of a baby humpback, which washed up on Fraser Island on Sunday.

Department of National Parks regional director Peter Wright said the calf, believed to be one month old, was presumed to have died before it washed up on Cathedral Beach.

The carcass will be moved behind the dunes to allow the natural decomposition process to continue.

Mr Wright confirmed it was not the same whale that stranded itself on Moreton Island last week and was returned to the sea.

EARLIER: A humpback whale calf washed up on Cathedral Beach, north of Happy Valley, on Fraser Island on Sunday afternoon.

Fraser Island resident David Anderson told the Chronicle the calf didn't strand itself.

"It washed up dead, it wasn't grounded and the pod didn't wait around for it," he said.


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