Sunday, November 30, 2008

Malaysia Seashells S/S FDC

Malaysia Souvenir Sheet FDC
Name: Seashells of Malaysia
Date of Issue: 11 November 2008

Seashells are the hard, protective layer of a marine animal, typically that of marine invertebrates. Seashells are commonly attributed to marine molluscs which has various sub-categories such as gastropods (e.g. snails), bivalves (e.g. clams), and chitons.

Seashells are commonly found deposited along the sea shore by waves and tides. Only the shells are washed up unto the beach empty and clean, the animal already have died and rotted away or have been eaten by predators or scavengers. Seashells come in a variety of shape, sizes and colours depending on the species. The presence of a particular species in the area is usually indicative of the water quality and hydrology.

Collecting empty seashells by beachcombers is a harmless hobby but majority of seashells are collected alive and in bulk for commercial trade and this exploitation causes negative impact on the rarer species.

Venus Comb Murex (Murex pecten)
This species is normally found on sandy sea beds. It has more than 100 spines which protect it from predators and also prevent it from sinking into the soft sandy sea bed.

Comment: Do you like this special shape seashell? Had you collected alive seashell on the beach? If you did, please never do it again.

2008 Seashells of Malaysia FDC
2008 Seashells of Malaysia Souvenir Sheet FDC

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