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Marine Life 2010

24 October 2010

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Turtle is a species of ancient heritage. They have been inhabitating the earth from the Triassic age, which was in the range of approximately 220 million years ago. Turtle has managed to survive past the age where dinosaurs did not successfully adapt and survive themselves. Now, the turtle, again experiencing severe challenges in the era of modem humans.

Being home to 6 of 7 species of sea turtles in the world, Indonesia plays an important role in the conversation of this protected species. The number of turtles are increasingly reduced drastically, thus threatening the species in the verge od extinction.

The rate of extinction is caused by human activity that are not enviromentally friendly such as coastal development destroying the place where turtles lay their ages, turtles hunting, eggs stealing, accidental capture (by catch) by shrimp and tuna fishermen, and disposal of garbage on the beach and sea. A very slow  turtle reproduction is not able to keep up the rate of population decline drastically.

There are many other threats in the lives of sea turtles. Not surprisingly, only 1 of 1000 baby turtles that can survive and survive to adulthood. Because the population continued to fall, the turtle are finally designated as a protected species in various international and national regulations.

in order to join to invite to preserve this natural wealth, issued a special stamp series of Marine Life on 24 October 2010 and depicts 4 species of sea turtles.

Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea)

Ridley turtles or are commonly called the gray turtles are one of a small turtle besides hawksbill turtle. This turtle species eat crustaceans. Since the type of feed is often located in areas shrimp trawlers catching, the species is also caught by trawlers and normally the will drown because of running out of air.

The trawl nets midification is a must. one modification of trawl net usually adopts from TED or Turtle Excluder Device. TED is a method where a 'door' is placed in the trawler alley, so that the turtle can bust out while the target species such as shrimp or fish remain caught in a trawl net.

Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas)

Green turtles or are the largest turtles among other turtles with hard carapace on the back. Green turtles also migrate thousands of miles from the feeding area to their laying beach. Green turtles migrate from the southern coastal area of Java Island to the west coast of Australia continent and the northern coast of Australia continent, from Indonesia to Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Philippines, and Papua New Guinea.

Green turtles is very important to maintain ecological balance, especially is seagrass ecosystem because of the role of the green turtle as "grass cutter", keep the seagrass are not too dense and not too dry. Unfortunately the green turtles are still a main target for public consumption because of the wrong myth belief.

Leatherback Turtles (Dermochelys cariacea)

Leatherback Turtles are the largest species among other species. It is very unique because it is only species of turtles that do not have hard carapace, but just thick skin. However, the aerodynamic shape of leatherback turtles allows them to dive deeper and migrate further.

Leatherback turtles migrate across the ocean, from Indonesia to United States of America, mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Solomon Islands, Papua Nw Guinea, Australia and other countries in the South Pacific. Uniquely, the jellyfish is the only food for this species.


Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Hawksbill Turtles are the only turtle who have an exotic motive in the carapace. Exotic motif id often being the main choice of accecories and clothing industry in the production of spectacles trinkets, broaches, buttons, bracelets, necklaces, and others. in addition, the hawksbill turtles meat and eggs are also the target of the community.

The main food of hawksbill turtles are several types of coral reefs. The name "Hawksbill" in English explains the muzzle the species that have sharp and taper beak resembles to a "hawk" or a eagle.












Classification of Issuance


Special stamp

Product Code



Issue date


24 October 2010

Designs and Denominations


1/4 Ridley Turtle / Lepidochelus olivacea

2/4 Green Sea Turtle / Chelonia mydas

3/4 Leatherback turtle / Dermochelys coriacea

4/4 Hawksbill Turtle / Eretmocchelys imbricata

Nominal Rp 1.500,-




41.06 mm x 25.31mm



12.75 x 13.50

Sheet Composition


16 pcs (4 x 4)

Price per Sheet


Rp 24.000,-



4 separation + invisible ink



Tullis Russel




Printing Process



Printing Quantity


300.000 sets



Dadan Rusdiana



AMG Security Printing




Product Code





Rp 8.000,-

Printing Quantity


4.000 sets



Dadan R.



Stamp Sales Period                    : 24 October 2010 31 December 2013

Period of Validity For Postage      : 24 October 2010 31 December 2015


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