Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dolphin on Micronesia’s stamp

The Micronesia Post issued the stamp set features dolphin species, Southern Right Whale Dolphin, Northern Right Whale Dolphin, Chinese White Dolphin, and Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin on September 04, 2009


Southern Right Whale Dolphin -95c
Southern right whale dolphins  or Lissodelphis peronii are the only dolphins without dorsal fins in the southern hemisphere. They are smaller than northern right whale dolphins and have more white on their head and sides. They have slim, graceful bodies which are black on the upper side and white underneath. Their flippers are mainly white and are small and curved. Their flukes are small with a notch in the middle and concave trailing edges. Their beaks are small but distinct.

Northern Right Whale Dolphin-$ 2.80
The Northern right whale dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis) is a small and slender species of marine mammal found in the North Pacific Ocean.The species has a streamlined body with a sloping forehead, are more slender than other delphinids, and lack any fin or ridge on their smoothly curving backs.They can reach speeds of up to 30–40 kilometres per hour across the open ocean, never along shallow coasts. They can dive up to 200 metres in search of fish, especially lanternfish, and squid.This species usually travel in groups of 5–200 animals

Chinese White Dolphin - 88c
The Chinese white dolphin  or Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, Sousa chinensis chinensis , is a humpback dolphin species, one of eighty cetacean species found in Southeast Asia, and they breed from South Africa to Australia.. An adult is white or pink and may appear as an albino dolphin.A Chinese white dolphin lives 40 years, which can be determined by teeth.

Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin - 22c
The Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) is a species of bottlenose dolphin that can be grown  to 2.6 metres long, and weigh up to 230 kilograms . This species lives in the waters around India, northern Australia, South China, the Red Sea, and the eastern coast of Africa.Its back is dark grey and its belly is lighter grey or nearly white with grey spots.

Another issued by Micronesia Post is the miniature sheet consist of 6 postage stamps with uniform face value. This sheet features Bottlenose dolphin, Costero, Tucuxi, Short-beaked Common Dolphin, Long-beaked Common Dolphin, and Indo-Pacific Humpbacked Dolphin.

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