Saturday, December 10, 2016

Marine Creatures (Thailand)


Thailand Post, together with Pos Malaysia, jointly issued a set of four stamps featuring marine creatures, in conjunction with World Ocean Day in 2015.

This joint issue aims to create awareness on the importance of conserving marine life and resources as well as promote stamp collecting activities and fostering a good cooperation between both postal operators.

The stamps feature the following marine creatures, out of which the Harlequin Shrimp and Coral Guard Crab are Thai designed :

1.   Harlequin Shrimp
2.   Coral Guard Crab
3.   Nudibranch
4.   White Spotted Jellyfish

Harlequin Shrimp, also known as clown shrimp, is a species of saltwater shrimp found at coral reefs in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans. In Thailand, this species is widely available at Similan Island in Pang-Nga province. These shrimps feed on sea stars that pass near their hideouts. They feed on all species of sea stars but its favourite genus is Linckia. It may take up to 1 to 2 weeks to eat a single sea star.

Coral Guard Crab can be found living among branching corals. In Thailand, it is found in Surin Island in Pang-Nga province. Despite very small in size, they are very protective of their corals and tenaciously fight off starfishes that try to eat the corals, hence earning the name "coral guard crab". They live in pairs but several can be found on large coral, alongside other fauna. This crab species feed on coral mucus and the organic substances deposited on it.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 8 Jun 2015
Postmark : Bangkok
Denomination : 4 x 3 Baht
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Printing Process : Lithography, Multi-colour

A LIL' NOTE

This is the first time Thailand and Malaysia postal administrations jointly issued stamps to strengthen a good collaboration and cooperation between both administrations.

To view and find out more on the equivalent stamps issued by Pos Malaysia, click here.

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