South Georgia Issued Stamps on Blue Whales

\"\"The blue whale is the largest mammal, possibly the largest animal, to ever inhabit the earth. Blue whales in the Southern Hemisphere reach lengths of 27-30 m, but their Northern Hemisphere counterparts are smaller, on average 23 to 24.5 m. Adult females are larger than males, the largest perhaps weighing as much as 150 tons (136,000 kgs). They have astounding body parts – tongues that weigh two tons, a heart as large as a small car, and skinfolds (ventral grooves) that extend from beneath the tips of their lower jaws to their navels.  During the summer feeding season the blue whale gorges itself, consuming 4 tons or more each day. This means it may eat up to 40 million krill a day!The largest blue whale ever recorded was 34.1m. It was caught and cut up at Grytviken, South Georgia in 1912.(Text by Kim Chater.)Technical details:Issue Date 31 August 2012 Printer BDT International  Process Stochastic Lithography Perforation 14 per 2cms Stamp size 30 x 51.46mm Sheet Layout 20 (2 x 10)

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