Monday, December 5, 2011

New Zealand’s Beyond the coast

New Zealand’s 15,000 kilometres of coastline are home to magnificent coves, bays, harbours, sounds and fiords. Beyond this irregular coastline lies a roughly 4.3 million square kilometre exclusive economic zone that hosts an array of unique marine life. More than 15,000 species are known to live there, of which many are migratory. New Zealand's isolation means that a large number of these species are unique to our island nation, and scientists believe that many more have yet to be found. New Zealand’s varied marine animals are brilliantly portrayed in this vibrant stamp issue: Beyond the Coast.

he self-adhesive stamp sheet consists of 12 stamps (10 x 60c and 2 x $1.90 stamps), and  capturing a unique part of our stunning wildlife, this stamp issue really is a tribute to New Zealand ‘beyond the coast’
Unearth New Zealand’s unique marine animals really depicted in the stamp sheet.The stamp sheet depicts  a visual delight and  reflective of the diversity of New Zealand’s ecosystem. The white-faced storm petrel flutters above the surface of the water, while lurking below is a range of fish from the popular snapper to the yellow moray eel and the king crab in the depths of the ocean.
The following species can be found on this vibrant stamp sheet (from top to bottom): Royal albatross, humpback whale, white-faced storm petrel, john dory, yellowfin tuna, kingfish, hammerhead shark, hapuku, demoiselle, pink maomao, snapper, arrow squid, Lord Howe coralfish, sandager’s wrasse, orange roughy, king crab and yellow moray eel. (Adopted and summarized from the New Zealand Post Information)

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