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RP Issues of 2009












2009, November27.  Philippines-India - 60 Years of Diplomatic Relations Joint Issue

Featuring Endangered Marine Life

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 14.

Se-tenant Pairs, Miniature Sheets of 10 (2 x 5);  Souvenir Sheets of 2




Se-tenant Pairs  (25,000)


   7p   Whale Shark 

   7p   Gangetic Dolphin 


Miniature Sheets of 10 (5,000)


27p  Souvenir Sheets of 2  (5,000)


First Day Covers:  Manila




Joint issue with India.  


WHALE SHARK (Rhincodon typus).    A slow moving filter feeding shark, the largest living fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 meters (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 tons (47,000 lb), but unconfirmed claims report considerably larger whale sharks. This distinctively-marked fish is the only member of its genus Rhincodon and its family, Rhincodontidae (called Rhinodontes before 1984), which belongs to the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The shark is found in tropical and warm oceans, lives in the open sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. The species originated about 60 million years ago. Although whale sharks have very large mouths, they feed mainly, though not exclusively, on plankton, microscopic plants and animals, although the BBC programme Planet Earth filmed a whale shark feeding on a school of small 

GANGETIC DOLPHIN (Platanista gangetica).  Also known as The Ganges River Dolphin.  A freshwater dolphin that is found primarily in the River Ganges. Known to fishermen for centuries and the subject of myth and legend, the Ganges River Dolphin is an endangered species.  It is estimated that there are around 2000 Ganges River Dolphins in the rivers of the Indian Subcontinent.  It grows to a length of 5 to 8 feet and can weigh up to 90 Kg. It has a long snout, big flippers and a stocky but streamlined body. It was believed to be blind, and reliant purely on echolocation, however, its eyes have been found to provide some vision. It is a good swimmer and maneuvers its way through the murky water with its tail and flippers. 




  • Marine Life


Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak


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Issues of 2009