Saturday, April 2, 2016

Monaco 2016
Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta)

ISSUE DATE: 1 April 2016
STAMP SIZE: 40.85 x 30 mm
CIRCULATION: 40 000 blocks
STAMP DESIGN: Marie-Christine and Bernard Alunni

Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta carettawere once intensively hunted for their meat and eggs. Consumption has decreased, however, due to worldwide legislation. Despite this, turtle meat and eggs are still consumed in countries where regulations are not strictly enforced.

In Mexico, turtle eggs are a common meal. Locals claim the egg is an aphrodisiac. Eating turtle eggs or meat can cause serious illness due to harmful bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Serratia marcescens, and high levels of toxic metals that build up through bioaccumulation.

Awesome turtle image thanks to: Alejandro Linares García