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New set of six megafauna-themed stamps for the British Indian Ocean Territory

Tom Letessier, Jessica Meeuwig | May 29, 2017

Tom Letessier, Jessica Meeuwig

May 29, 2017

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The iconic whale shark ( Rhincodon typus) is one of six species chosen to be portrayed.

Source: BIOT Post Office.

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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.