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Faroe Islands Postal Services 2006 Issue
Design by Astrid Andreasen

Deepwater Fishes

Faroe Islands Postal Service will issued a new stamp Sheetlet with 10 stamps that each have a postage value of 5.50 KR named "Deepwater Fishes" on the 13th of February 2006. These stamps depict 10 deepwater fish found in our oceans and live below 500 meters or more. They feed on dead algae, floating or weakly swimming animal and plant life, or other fish. The growth of most of these deep water fish is very slow compared to fish in shallow water. For example, the deep sea redfish may need 20-30 years to reach adult size whereas a cod may only need 2-7 years. Each deepwater fish depicted on the stamps in describe as follows:

  • Atlantic Footballfish (Top-Left) - found in all oceans at great depths and can reach up to 60 cm in size.
  • Elongated bristlemouth (Top-Right) - found in all oceans at depths of 500-1200 meters and is about 30cm long. It feeds on small crustaceans and fishes.
  • Deepwater Redfish (2nd Left) - mostly found in the North Atlantic ocean and can reach up to 55 cm in size. It feeds on a varity of food organisms such as fish.
  • Blue Ray (2nd Right) - mostly found in the North Atlantic ocean at depths of 600 to 1300 meters and can reach up to 30 cm is size. It feeds on all kinds of animals found on the bottom of the ocean.
  • Straightnose Rabbitfish (3rd Left) - found from the Bay of Biscay to Iceland and also off Nova Scotia and New England at depths of 500 to 1500 meters. It's a large fish that can reach up to 140 cm in size. At the present very little is know about its diet.
  • Linophryne Lucifera (3rd Right) - mostly found in the North Atlantic Ocean at great depths and can reach up to 40 cm in size. Very little is known about this deepwater fish.
  • Deep-sea Angler (4th Left) - found in all oceans at depths of 120 to 1000 meters. It is large for a deepwater fish that can reach up to 120 cm in size. The males are dwarfs and they live as parasites attached to the female.
  • Moonfish (4th Right) - found in the eastern North Atlantic and the Mediterranean at depths of 400 meters. It is a large fish that can reach a size of 180 cm. It feeds on midwater fish, invertebrates, and squids.
  • Hatchet (Bottom Right) - found mostly in the eastern Atlantic ocean and lives at depths of 200 - 800 meters. It can reach a size of up to 7 cm. Very little is known about its diet.
  • Anglerfish - found mostly in the Atlantic ocean at depeths of 20-1800 meters. It is a large fish that can grow up to 200 cm in size. It feeds by attracting other fish with its lures that are located on its head. When a fish is close enough it opens its mouth and swallows its prey.

"Deepwater Fishes" stamps can be purchased as single Sheet, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 39mm x 40mm with a perforation size of 14. The sheetlet size is 125mm x 180mm. The stamps will be printed by Osterreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH using the Offset Lithography Printing process with a partial iriodinized varnish.


To order these stamps or to learn more go to http://www.stamps.fo/default.asp Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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