New set of six megafauna-themed stamps for the British Indian Ocean Territory
Tom Letessier, Jessica Meeuwig | May 29, 2017
The iconic whale shark ( Rhincodon typus) is one of six species chosen to be portrayed.
Source: BIOT Post Office.
On 8 June 2017, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration is releasing a set of six stamps and a first day cover portraying marine megafauna species found throughout the Territory.
The fish featured in this issue are:
- Sailfish Istiophorus platypterus (60p)
- Reef Manta Manta alfredi (£1)
- Oceanic Whitetip Shark Carcharhinus longimanus (£1.50)
- Blue Marlin Makaira nigricans (£1.50)
- Sunfish Mola mola (£2)
- Whale Shark Rhincodon typus (£3)
The stamps and their First Day Covers are available for purchase online from the BIOT Post Office, and were designed to promote the conservation of marine biodiversity around BIOT … see here for more information.
Since 2012, we have been conducting and supporting research within BIOT waters, with a focus on pelagic and reef systems, for instance by investigating the effects of shark removals on mesopredators.
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