New Zealand post issued a set stamps featuring varied marine animals. The beautiful artwork was inspired by the Poor Knights Islands, which lie 23 kilometres off New Zealand’s Tutukaka coast in the upper North Island. A total marine reserve and nature reserve, these 11-million-year-old islands are rich with incredible marine life.
New Zealand’s 15,000 kilometres of coastline are home to magnificent coves, bays, harbours, sounds and fiords. However, 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.
While all of these creatures are unlikely to be found within close proximity of each other in real life, the stamp sheet is a visual delight and is 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.
Title: Beyond the Coast New Zealand
Date of Issue: 4 May 2011
Country: New Zealand
Denominations: 10 x 60c and 2 x $1.90