New stamp series dedicated to deep reef Invertebrates
On June 14th, almost 5 years after the presentation of a series of postage stamps dedicated to unique fishes discovered in the deep reefs of Curaçao, the Curacao postal organization Cpost International and Substation Curacao unveiled ten new stamps depicting invertebrates discovered on the deep reefs of Curaçao.
Working from within the mini-submarine Curasub, these marine species were brought up by scientists of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History while exploring the deep reefs up to depths of 1.000 feet. The marine researchers discovered a wide range of marine life that - mostly because of the depth in which these creatures live - so far had been unknown to them.
Collaboration between Substation Curacao and the Smithsonian Institution, which is the world’s largest complex of museums, research centers, and the National Zoo, really took off in 2011, when Smithsonian established the Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) to investigate deep reefs off Curacao. As the Curasub is the only research submersible operating in the Caribbean, the mini sub and its dedicated crew provides scientists the opportunity to observe marine life on deep reefs, collect specimens and tissue samples, and monitor biodiversity down to 300 meters. The project involves over two dozen Smithsonian marine scientists and staff and several external collaborators. Over the last 8 years at least 50 new species of fishes and invertebrates have been discovered on the deep reefs of Curaçao, of which almost half are new to science.
The launching of the new postage stamps by Mr. Thomas Roggendorf of Cpost International, Curacao Sea Aquarium and Substation Curaçao CEO Adrian “Dutch” Schrier was attended by several guests, among who Mr. Steven Martina, who when acting as Minister of Economic Affairs was a great supporter of the scientific work being done at the Sea Aquarium Park.