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A dip in the big blue Ocean: Fish, marine & sea life stamps

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Some nice shells from Samoa...

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They sure are pretty.

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The King (crab) and the Queen (conch) met the urchins and some shells....what did they say?

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bubble..bubble..bubble..bubble...say what???
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Andrew

I thought I might post some on your 'Marine Life' thread as well, these are a little closer to your neck of the woods.
I love the colours on the FDC's.

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Hey Kimberley,

These Cocos Keeling sea life covers are a riot of colour and that souvenir sheet is something that is really cheerful, vibrant and invigorating. Was very tempted to order one from the Australian Post Office when it was offered for sale but hesitated. But it is good to see a good scan of it here.

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Fresh water fish

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Nice FDC, I found this one from cocos, it's a lot more sedate than most cocos FDC's, but I like the crabs.

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Hi Kimberley,

I saw these in the SG 2004 catalogue and yes, they are nice-looking stamps. Keep those scans coming.

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New Zealand 1996 Sea life

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petercollects0 wrote:Some nice shells from Samoa...

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I have these as well :D
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wannabgeek wrote:
I have these as well
Must admit I love that set - the colours are so vivid that the shells seem seem to be 3D.

Here are a couple nice sets from PNG...

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SSSome SSSea SSSlugs......

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Hi Peter and Kim,

Those are nice sets. I think I may have these sets from a recent purchase. These sure are gorgeous stamps. The colours are so vivid.

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Thanks Andrew, yes they are quite colourful.
Here is a more sedate set from Oz...

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That's a lovely set of whales :D

Here are some dolphins from Samoa:

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Some nice Sharks from the Pitcairn Islands...

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They also have sharks near Norfolk Island :D

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Shells from Christmas Island
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Just got these today from a parcel that Glen sent. Nice gutter sets and nice cancellations.

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Oops, sorry I got the $1 stamps upside down.

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Nice upside down $1 fish there crosscrescent. :wink:
Here is the 2001 Penguin issue from Ross Dependency.

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Here is the 2001 Penguin issue from New Zealand.

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Some nice fish from the Pitcairn Islands:

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The middle one sure is exotic-looking (I mean to look at...not eat.) :lol:

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These could have gone into volcano thread but they probably look better here.

"Smokers" on the ocean floor with their associated biota.

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I like this one from TONGA

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A few nice fish from Ascension....

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1962 Singapore fishes

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Here's a trivia question for all you fishy philatelists: What was the first stamp to feature (a) a fish theme? and (b) the first fish of any kind (because I'll bet there's some 19th century issue with a coat of arms with a fish sybol somewhere)?

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One of my favorites, the manatee.

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Since Mike raised the subject of fishy coats of arms, here is Bhopal

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OttawaMike wrote:Here's a trivia question for all you fishy philatelists: What was the first stamp to feature (a) a fish theme? and (b) the first fish of any kind (because I'll bet there's some 19th century issue with a coat of arms with a fish sybol somewhere)?

(I dunno the answers, but somebody on this board probably does!
While supposedly concentrating on reducing images I noticed that this question had received almost no response.

I have not done any research but immediately thought of Newfoundland, a fishing community if ever there was one. So my nomination is the Newfoundland 2c green of 1866. Can anyone beat that :?:

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I don't know of any featuring fish earlier than
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Here's an earlier issue with marine life - a conch shell :
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Well done - if I had even one of those in my collection I would be happy.
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Not to spread alarm and despondency among the collectors of shells on stamps, but ... Travancore featured a conch shell on all but a couple of its stamps, and used a conch as its watermark for good measure.

Sometimes it was the main feature of the design:

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SG 6

and sometimes it was squeezed into a corner. Here it sits just above the Maharaja's head:

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SG 60

Fortunately, a representative simplified collection would be cheap, if not that easy to put together.

Cochin also featured a conch on all but two of its sets (or one on a simplified basis). It wasn't quite as prominent as it was on Travancore stamps, but it was always there. Here is a larger specimen:

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and here is how it always appeared in later years, in the northeast corner above the Maharaja's portrait:

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And finally, Travancore-Cochin for the most part used overprinted stamps of Travancore and Cochin, which showed the conch. The one new issue for the combined state also featured the conch, both large and small:

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I have a few spare specimens to give away from all three states: email me if you're interested.
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Very nice - and the last couple aren't even 'ugly' :lol: :lol:

A geography lesson please. Where precisely are these two 'states' and why does the conch feature so well :?:
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Kevin, those last two are - if you'll pardon the expression - the Ugly Ducklings of the Uglies. They were issued on the 24 October 1950 and so were also the last of the Uglies. When that Post Office closed down in 1951, the Uglies era ended :(

Travancore and Cochin, were on the Southwest tip of India; they form the great bulk of the modern Indian state of Kerala. As to the significance of the conch, this is what good ol' Wikipedia has to say:

"A Shankha shell (the shell of a Turbinella pyrum, a species in the gastropod family Turbinellidae) is often referred to in the West as a conch shell, or a chank shell. This shell is used as an important ritual object in Hinduism. The shell is used as a ceremonial trumpet, as part of religious practices, for example puja. The chank trumpet is sounded during worship at specific points, accompanied by ceremonial bells and singing.

In the story of Dhruva the divine conch plays a special part. The warriors of ancient India blew conch shells to announce battle, as is described in the beginning of the war of Kurukshetra, in the Mahabharata, the famous Hindu epic.

The god of Preservation, Vishnu, is said to hold a special conch, Panchajanya, that represents life, as it has come out of life-giving waters.

As it is an auspicious instrument,it is often played in a Lakshmi puja in temple or at home."

There will be religious and/or historical reasons why the ruling houses of Travancore and Cochin adopted the conch in particular as a symbol, but I don't know them - and Indian religion and history tend to be dangerous waters for the outsider to swim in, so I think I'd prefer to stay safely on the beach :wink:
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