July 7, 2013
0725 PHILIPPINES (MIMAROPA) - Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (UNESCO WHS)
The Tubbataha Reef is an atoll coral reef and a Natural Marine Park in Sulu Sea, at 150km southeast of Puerto Princesa City, comprising two huge atolls (the North Atoll and South Atoll) and the smaller Jessie Beazley Reef. It considered to be the global center of marine biodiversity, because contains no less than 600 fish species, 360 coral species, 11 shark species, 13 dolphin and whale species, and 100 bird species. As a result, naturally, was included among UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
It plays a key role in the process of reproduction, dispersal and colonization by marine organisms in the whole Sulu Sea system, and helps support fisheries outside its boundaries. The property is a natural laboratory for the study of ecological and biological processes, displaying the ongoing process of coral reef formation.
About the stamps
All three stamps are part of a huge set of definitive stamps (tens of values), issued in successive series since 2009 and called Marine Biodiversity, about which I wrote here.
This is a post for Sunday Stamps #128, run by Viridian from Viridian’s Postcard Blog. The theme of this week is Sea creatures. Click on the button to visit Viridian’s blog and all the other participants.
Tubbataha Reef - Wikipedia
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park - Official website
Sender: Jan Cerdan Adriano (direct swap)
Sent from Puerta Princesa City (Palawan / Philippines), on 26.02.2013