Christmas Island 2021 Turtles Mini Sheet of 4 Stamps MUH

Issue date: 10 August 2021

Marine turtles have a large shell called a carapace, four strong, paddle-like flippers and like all reptiles, lungs for breathing air. Their characteristic beak-like mouth is used to shear or crush food.

All seven species of marine turtle are endangered, including the two that frequent waters around Christmas Island: the large, herbivorous Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the smaller, critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle (Eretochelys imbricata). Threats to turtles include pollution and habitat destruction, as well as over-harvesting and predation of eggs.

The Green Turtle is the only turtle to also nest on Christmas Island. However, a very significant percentage of hatchlings don’t survive their first few days of life. Christmas Island is especially prone to current-driven plastic and other beach debris that impedes the nesting and hatching of the Green Turtle.


SKU 62848
Shipping Weight 0.0100kg
Shipping Width 0.050m
Shipping Height 0.010m
Shipping Length 0.050m
Shipping Cubic 0.000025000m3

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