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NEW EUROPA 2024 Underwater Fauna and Flora

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NEW EUROPA 2024 Underwater Fauna and Flora

NEW EUROPA 2024 Underwater Fauna and Flora (view technical specs)

The Strait of Gibraltar serves as a crucial passageway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, and within its waters resides a diverse array of marine life, including the iconic Orca, or killer whale. Orcas inhabiting the Strait of Gibraltar are part of a distinct population known as the Northeastern Atlantic Orca population. These magnificent creatures are apex predators in their marine ecosystem, exhibiting remarkable intelligence and complex social structures.

The Orca population in the Strait of Gibraltar primarily feeds on a variety of marine species, including fish, seals, and dolphins. They are known for their highly coordinated hunting techniques, often working together in pods to pursue and capture their prey. The nutrient-rich waters of the Strait provide ample food sources for these apex predators, supporting their survival and contributing to their role as top predators in the region.

In contrast, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle is a gentle giant of the ocean, known for its distinctive large head and powerful jaws. Named for its broad, muscular shell, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle inhabits the warm waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. These ancient reptiles undertake epic migrations, traveling thousands of miles between nesting and feeding grounds over the course of their long lives.

Loggerhead Sea Turtles are primarily carnivorous, feeding on a diet consisting mainly of bottom-dwelling invertebrates such as crabs, mollusks, and jellyfish. Despite their formidable appearance, Loggerheads are classified as vulnerable due to threats such as habitat loss, pollution, and accidental capture in fishing gear. Conservation efforts are underway worldwide to protect these magnificent creatures and ensure their survival for generations to come.

Loggerhead Sea Turtles undertake remarkable migrations, traveling through the strait on their journeys between nesting and feeding grounds. Their diet primarily consists of bottom-dwelling invertebrates like crabs, mollusks, and jellyfish, contributing to the delicate balance of marine life in the area.

Technical Specs

Design:Stephen Perera
Illustration / Photography:Jonathan Pointer
Printer:Cartor Security Printers
Process:Offset Lithography
Colours:4 Colours
Stamp size:40 x 30mm
Issue date:2024-04-25
Stamp Values:1.96, 3.16