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Michelle James (centre) is all smiles after being announced as the winning entrant of the Whalemail ‘Name our Whale’ competition. She stands with competition coordinator Courtney Hoggan (right) and photographer Allen McCauley (left).

Baby Whale Named

Baby Whale Named

Michelle James (centre) is all smiles after being announced as the winning entrant of the Whalemail ‘Name our Whale’ competition. She stands with competition coordinator Courtney Hoggan (right) and photographer Allen McCauley (left).

Patches of Portland Is Talk Of The Town

Portland’s newest whale has officially been named, with a Portland resident taking home top bragging rights for the winning entry.

Michelle James has been selected as the official winner of the Whalemail ‘Name our Whale’ competition with her creative suggestion of ‘Patches of Portland’. Ms James’ entry was chosen from amongst 150 names offered during the three week long online competition.

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Ms James was surprised to hear her suggestion had been selected, but was overjoyed with the news.

“I was shocked to hear that I had won, but it was a lovely surprise. I had entered on the first or the second day of the competition and didn’t expect to hear back, so it was an exciting moment to hear that my name had been chosen,”

“The name, ‘Patches of Portland’, came from the distinguishing features of the whale, particularly the large white patches on the neck and belly and the missing tips of both tail flukes. I also wanted a name starting with the letter P to team nicely with Portland."

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

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