December 3, 2013
0885 FRANCE (Guadeloupe) - Boy with lobsters in Guadeloupe
From what I understand, Guadeloupe's economy, based on tourism, agriculture, light industry and service, depends on two factors, it's true, for different reasons: France (for subsidies and imports), and the hurricanes (which periodically devastate it). The island is dependent on imported food, mainly from France, but the fishing is a traditional source of food. Among marine creatures fished in Guadeloupe waters are the Caribbean spiny lobsters (Panulirus argus), which, as any others lobsters, are hard to catch in large numbers, but their large size make them a profitable catch.
In generally there are used bill nets and trammel nets to catch lobsters in Guadeloupe, but in this postcard can be seen in right the corner of a lobster pot, a portable trap constructed of wire and wood, so probably the boy has the two lobsters from this trap. The Caribbean spiny lobster lives on reefs and in mangrove swamps in the western Atlantic Ocean, from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Beaufort (North Carolina), including the Caribbean Sea.
Can be found at depths of up to 100m, but this depth depends of the variation in the water temperature, so around the southern portion of the Florida peninsula and throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean is found in shallower water. Has a long, cylindrical body covered with spines, two large spines forming forward-pointing "horns" above the eyestalks. Is generally olive greenish or brown, but has yellowish to cream-colored spots on the carapace and larger yellow to cream-colored spots on the abdomen. It may reach up to 60cm long, and it's forbiden to catch them when their size is less than 21cm.
About the stamps
The first stamps are part of the definitive series Marianne et l'Europe, about which I wrote here. The last stamp is part of a series about comics (12 stamps), issued on February 1, 2013, and designed by Corienne Salvi.
Panulirus argus - Wikipedia
Sender: Olga Andreeva (direct swap)
Sent from Petit Bourg (Guadeloupe), on 26.11.2013
Photo: P. Garnier