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Cocos Keeling Islands Dolphin Stamps
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Cocos (Keeling) Islands sociable and playful Dolphin Stamps

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands Dolphin stamps issue featuring photographs of three playful and sociable dolphin species seen around the islands.

Beautiful Dolphins featured on stamps are the Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis), the Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris) and the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus).

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Dolphin Stamps

Visitors to the waters of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands may be lucky enough to see the three sociable and playful dolphin species featured in this stamp issue.

The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin

The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) is seen regularly in the inner lagoon, usually in groups.

The species is similar in appearance to the Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), but is generally smaller, has a longer beak and develops spotting on the belly as a mature adult.

The stamp features a photograph by Karen Willshaw, a landscape and underwater photographer who lives and works on Cocos.

The Indo-Pacific is one of the most popular types of bottlenose dolphins in the world. They are approximately 8.5 feet in length and weigh up to 500 pounds.

They are either dark gray or black in color. They underside of the belly is often a dark white or a lighter shade of gray.

Cocos Keeling Islands Dolphin Stamps
© 2016 Australia Post

The Spinner Dolphin

The Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris), usually seen in small groups, and also in the waters of the inner lagoon, has a very long, thin beak, with a distinctive dark grey back, grey flanks and white belly.

It is one of the most social of all species. It is also one of the most spectacular to be able to view due to their amazing jumps, flips, and spins outside of the water.

It is famous for its acrobatic displays in which it spins along its longitudinal axis as it leaps through the air.

The Common Dolphin

The common dolphin is the name given to two species of dolphin making up the genus Delphinus.

The Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) is slender with a long beak that protrudes sharply from its face. This species, easily distinguished from other dolphin species by a unique crisscross colour pattern on the top of its body, is sighted regularly in the deeper waters of the Pulu Keeling National Park lagoon.

Both common dolphin species are medium-sized; adults range between 1.9 and 2.5 m (6.2 and 8.2 ft) long, and can weigh between 80–235 kg (176–518 lb), although the range between 80–150 kg (180–330 lb) is more common.

Cocos Keeling Islands Dolphin Stamps
© 2016 Australia Post

Title: Cocos (Keeling) Islands Dolphin Stamps
Date of Issue: 17 May 2016
Country: Cocos (Keeling) Islands Australia
Denominations: $1 x 3

Source: Australia Stamps

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