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Sad news for the baby humpback whale that became stranded at Bulwer Wrecks on Moreton Island yesterday afternoon, with confirmation it has been euthanised.
The four-metre calf had injuries consistent with being hit by a boat and had been separated from its mother.
It was comforted and kept wet by campers and rangers before being euthanised to prevent it from any further suffering.
Environment Minister Steven Miles said these incidents should serve as a 'warning to people in watercraft to give migrating whales a wide berth'.
"It's devastating to have to put down a whale because people have ignored the distance rules, come too close and hit this whale with their boat," Mr Miles said.
"This incident, only a short time after the boatie who was severely injured in the Whitsundays, should be a clear message to everyone to keep their distance from passing whales."