March 27, 2016

2415 MALAWI - A fisherman on Lake Malawi

Located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, Lake Malawi (also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique) is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. It is the ninth largest lake in the world, the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa, and home to more species of fish than any other lake. "The Lake of Stars" is the nickname coined by David Livingstone, due to lights from the lanterns of the fishermen in Malawi on their boats, that resemble, from a distance, stars in the sky.

Lake Malawi has for millennia provided a major food source to the residents of its shores since its waters are rich in fish. In total there are about 1,000 cichlid species in Lake Malawi and the vast majority are endemic. Many of these have become popular among aquarium owners due to their bright colors. Some of the fish that are caught are exported from Malawi, but the wild population of fish is increasingly threatened by overfishing and water pollution.

About the stamps
The last stamp is one of the three issued on December 25, 2014 to celebrate the Christmas. The first two stamps are part of a large series of butterflies, issued on OCtober 24, 2002.

Lake Malawi - Wikipedia

Sender: Emmanuel Chitanda
Sent from Zomba (Malawi), on 07.09.2014

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