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MEDIA RELEASE - Badu is shire's newest whale

17 April 2018

A Portland resident will boast bragging rights for naming the shire’s newest whale after being announced as the official winner of the Whalemail ‘Name that Whale’ competition.

Sally Howard has been selected as the competition’s winning entry with her suggestion of Badu, with more than 70 names offered on the Whalemail Facebook page during the month long competition.

Badu boasts multiple origins, including Indigenous Australian for water and African American to describe one ‘who is strong and powerful.’

Winner Sally Howard said it was a happy surprise hearing that her suggested name had been selected.

“It was pretty exciting to hear that I had won, after all it’s not every day that you get to say that you’ve named a whale,” she said.
As the winner of the selected entry, Ms Howard receives one night’s accommodation in the Corner Spa Unit at the Macs Hotel in Portland, valued at more than $220.

“The prize of the accommodation voucher is an added bonus and it will come in handy during Christmas when I’ll be entertaining visiting family members,” she said.

“It will give me a chance to have a quick break and relax during the chaotic festive season.”

The winning name was selected by the Portland Visitor Information Centre in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to ensure the winning name was not previously allocated to any other identified and recorded whale.

Locals and visitors are encouraged to catch a glimpse of Badu during the upcoming whale watching season during the months of June through to September.

Recorded sightings will be posted on the Whalemail Facebook page and the new Whalemail webpage housed on the I am Portland tourism website.

The webpage 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.

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