On the reverse of the card
it gives more information and, as can be seen, my sender has drawn some beautiful roses so I have his greeting from the 7,107 islands of the Philippines and pictures.
The stamps are the new 2010 definitives featuring marine biodiversity. From left to right we have
- Yellow Seahorse - the largest of the seahorses, sometimes kept in aquariums but usually on their own because they are rather slow and methodical eaters so there would be no food left for them if kept with other species of fish
- Giant Clam - sometimes known as the crocus clam and considered beautiful because they come in different and sometimes mixed colours, the upper mantle tissues can also vary in stripes, spots, waves etc.
- Lionfish - There are 22 different species of this beautiful predatory and poisonous fish. It is part of the natural ecosystem in Asia but I remember seeing a program about how it has become an invasive species in the Caribbean where it appeared in about 2004 from, it is thought, from being washed out of marine aquariums in the USA after storms. It has no natural enemies in the Atlantic so it is busy eating its way through the coral inhabitants of the Caribbean.
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This card travelled for 11 days and 6,966 miles (11,210Km).
Thank you Redlan