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AZORES Marine Invertebrates SI

AZORES Marine Invertebrates

The Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, isolated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and more than 1300 km from the nearest continent, is formed by the nine emersed tops of an underwater mountain range. These nine islands of volcanic origin – Flores and Corvo (Western Group), Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Faial and Pico (Central Group), Santa Maria and São Miguel (Eastern Group) – were discovered and populated in the 15th Century and they have since then, given their important environmental heritage, attracted naturalists from all over the world, mostly after the 19th Century. Portuguese stamps displaying regional themes from the Azores, issued on a regular basis since 1980, have been awarding special attention to this heritage, thus assuming themselves as heralds of the necessary ecological alarm against mankind’s aggressions to the planet’s frail balance. This is the case with the stamps that over the years have been devoted to the flora and fauna of the Azores, and with this issue as well, which focuses on the archipelago’s marine invertebrates.

In the large group formed by animals without backbone, marine species usually stand out to the layman because of their shapes and colours that never cease to amaze us. These stamps seek to recreate this world of beauty and polychromy, bringing attention not only to the starfish, the berried anemone, the spiral tube worm and the hermit crab, but first and foremost, on the two philatelic blocks to the peculiar natural framing of the red rock crab and the purple sea urchin. This is yet another issue that, by valuing the live heritage of these nine islands, encourages you to discover the Atlantic archipelago of the Azores.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 01.07.2010
Designer: Concept advertising
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Process: Offset lithography
Colours: 4-colour offset
Size: 40 x 30.6 mm
Values: ?2,00, ?2,00, ?3,80, ?5,15, ?6,39