WWF 'Giant Devil Ray'
Many among the most fascinating and mysterious of marine animals consider giant devil rays. Yet, because of his or her vulnerability to man’s activities, entire populations, if not species, may disappear without anybody even noticing it.
Mobulids are extremely vulnerable animals. Their reproductive rate is among the lowest of all Elasmobranchs and it is believed these large-bodied rays are rare and live in very low densities. Mantas and mobulas are also very easy to harpoon or to entangle in fishing net and thus become another catch for a day’s fishing.
Every possible action should be taken to prevent the disappearance of mobulid populations and species from the world’s oceans. Mobulids are evolutionarily extraordinary batoids in many ways and manta rays in particular, are becoming a major attraction for many diving locations in the world, therefore an asset for the tourist industries.
Gibraltar has chosen to feature these mantas on these stamps to remind us of all those marine species that are disappearing daily under our unseeing eyes.
Technical DetailsIssue Date: 20.02.2006
Designer: Anselmo Torres
Printer: Cartor Security Printers, France
Process: Offset Lithography
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 40 x 30mm and 184 x 184mm
Values: 38p, 40p, 47p, £1