KPC3324-3327: Protected Marine Species

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(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 10 July 2018 KoreaPost released four stamps showing different species of protected marine animals. 

KoreaPost released these stamps in a commemorative stamp sheet of 16 (4×4) stamps of 330 won each, printed by Cartor for POSA:

Stamp sheet for series KPC3324-3327.

Information regarding individual stamps:

해양보호생물

우표번호3324
종수4
발행량688,000
디자인남방돌고래
인쇄 및 색수평판 4도, 은박
전지구성4 × 4
디자이너박은경
발행일2018. 7. 10.
액면가격330
우표크기35 × 35
인면35 × 35
천공13¼ × 13¼
용지평판원지
인쇄처POSA(Cartor)

 

해양보호생물

우표번호3325
종수4
발행량688,000
디자인상괭이
인쇄 및 색수평판 4도, 은박
전지구성4 × 4
디자이너박은경
발행일2018. 7. 10.
액면가격330
우표크기35 × 35
인면35 × 35
천공13¼ × 13¼
용지평판원지
인쇄처POSA(Cartor)

 

해양보호생물

우표번호3326
종수4
발행량688,000
디자인점박이물범
인쇄 및 색수평판 4도, 은박
전지구성4 × 4
디자이너박은경
발행일2018. 7. 10.
액면가격330
우표크기35 × 35
인면35 × 35
천공13¼ × 13¼
용지평판원지
인쇄처POSA(Cartor)

 

해양보호생물

우표번호3327
종수4
발행량688,000
디자인물개
인쇄 및 색수평판 4도, 은박
전지구성4 × 4
디자이너박은경
발행일2018. 7. 10.
액면가격330
우표크기35 × 35
인면35 × 35
천공13¼ × 13¼
용지평판원지
인쇄처POSA(Cartor)

KoreaPost released the following English text:

The Korea Post is introducing a new series of stamps featuring domestic protected marine wildlife that have been designated as such by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, which came following a sharp drop in the wildlife population due to indiscriminately overfishing or incidental catching, as well as the reduction of natural habitat brought on by environmental pollution.

Despite the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) being evenly dispersed along the Indian and Western Pacific ocean coastline, there are only around 110 bottlenose dolphins currently located off the shores of Jeju Island. They are classified as a mid-sized dolphin, typically growing up to a maximum length of 2.7m and reaching upwards of 230kg. Unfortunately, since their natural habitat is located within 1km of Jeju Island shores, it runs the risk of being irreparably destroyed with excessive development along the coastline. Each dolphin carries a characteristic scar on its dorsal fin, allowing for it to be distinguishable among the rest.

Finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis) also thrive within shallow ocean water off the coast of the Asian continent and can be found along the western and southern coastlines of South Korea, yet are typically known for fleeing from approaching vessels, making them difficult to spot. Unlike other dolphin species, they are missing a dorsal fin and have characteristic features including a rounded, stumpy head. An estimated 15,000 finless porpoise are located off the shores of the western coastline alone, however, as many as 1,000 per year have been dying after becoming tangled up in fishing nets, resulting in a plummeting trend in number.

Spotted seals (Phoca largha) had once occupied the entire western coastline area with a population of 8,000, yet following the destruction of their natural habitat arising from the overfishing in Chinas Liaodong Bay area, their breeding grounds, and the commercialization of spotted seals to manufacture them into leather products, medicinal ingredients and meat, only 1,200 are said to remain currently. Baengnyeongdo Island maintains a beneficial habitat for them, resulting in over 300 seals coming to temporarily live at the Mulbeom Rock, Yeonbong Rock and Dumujin Point, before leaving to their final destination in Liaodong Bay.

Northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) are dispersed throughout the northern pacific polar and temperate regions. The Tyuleniy Island, located near Korea in the Sea of Okhotsk, is home to 100,000 Northern fur seals, who migrate to distant ocean waters every late autumn following the passing of the breeding season to live on their own. Younger Northern fur seals can often be spotted in Korea during the winter or early spring seasons off the coastline of Gangwon-do. Occasionally, rescue efforts are performed for seals found with inflicted injuries, having transported them to designated marine wildlife specialists and agencies for immediate treatment.

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