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SKU #1898005

Blank cover - Cocos (Keeling) Islands Dolphins

SKU #1898005

Blank cover - Cocos (Keeling) Islands Dolphins

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands Dolphins blank cover is a pictorial envelope that can be used to send a personal letter or to make your own souvenir cover of the stamp issue.
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The Cocos (Keeling) Islands Dolphins blank cover is a pictorial envelope that can be used to send a personal letter or to make your own souvenir cover of the stamp issue.

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.

Technical details

  • Issue date: 17 May 2016
  • Issue withdrawal date: 30 November 2016
  • FDI withdrawal date: 14 June 2016
  • Denominations: 3 x $1
  • Stamp & product design: Simone Sakinofsky
  • Printer: RA Printing
  • Paper gummed: Tullis Russell Red Phos
  • Printing process: Offset lithography
  • Stamp size: 37.5mm x 26mm
  • Perforations: 14.6x13.86
  • Sheet layout: Module of 50
  • FDI postmark: Cocos (Keeling) Islands, WA 6799

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