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MEDIA RELEASE - Have your chance to name shire's newest whale

27 February 2018

Community members will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to officially name a Southern Right Whale as part of a competition to name a new whale for Portland.

The Portland Visitor Information Centre has launched the ‘Name that Whale’ competition via the Whalemail Facebook page, inviting residents during the month of March to pull out all creative stops to name a new whale for the region.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said it was a unique opportunity for residents to name one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures.

“From Friday 1 March until midnight Saturday 31 March, people will be able to submit their name suggestions via the Whalemail Facebook page and go into the running to claim the naming rights for our shire’s newest whale,” she said.

“The whale in question has not yet been named by the Department of Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), giving locals a chance to participate in the naming process.

“The competition will also coincide with the much anticipated release of council’s new Whalemail website.

“The new webpage, housed on the I am Portland tourism website, will allow users to access details of whale sightings in the area, including maps, dates, time, location and type of whale, details on local whale viewing platforms and a direct link to social media channels.

“It will be a one-stop-shop for all things whale watching in the Glenelg Shire and hopefully we will see numerous digital notifications of people spotting this new whale along our coastline.”

Cr Rank said entrants would be competing not only for naming rights, but also for a grand prize.
“The winner of the selected entry will receive one night’s accommodation in the Corner Spa Unit at the Macs Hotel in Portland, valued at more than $220,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to get creative and put forward your best name suggestions; it's a great way to be part of the discovery of the many wonderful plants and animals found in our own backyard.

“Last season we welcomed ‘Kisme’, which is now officially on the identification register as a Portland Whale. I look forward to seeing what name will be given to this new whale.”

The successful entrant will be announced during April via the Whalemail Facebook page.

The winning name will be selected by the Portland Visitor Information Centre team in conjunction with DELWP to ensure the winning name is not previously allocated to any other identified and recorded whale.

Entrants may enter as many times as they like but must use a separate comment for each additional name suggestion. For further information please visit www.facebook.com/WhalemailPortland/.


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