Thursday, May 26, 2016

Australia 2016
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Dolphins

ISSUE DATE: 17 May 2016
STAMP SIZE:37.5 x 26 mm
PRODUCT DESIGN: Simone Sakinofsky
STAMP DESIGN: Simone Sakinofsky

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 (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 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.

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.



Stamp images and description thanks to Australia Post

Australia Post