Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pitcairn Islands

Postcard from the very remote Pitcairn Island, located in the southeast Pacific Ocean between Tahiti and the South American mainland. The island is famously inhabited by the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and the Tahitians who accompanied them. With only about 67 inhabitants, Pitcairn is the least populous jurisdiction in the world. Seen here are the Saint Paul Rocks which form a natural pool, protecting swimmers from ocean swells.

Stamps from a 2009 set of two on the coconut crab, Birgus latro, a species of terrestrial hermit crab that lives in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Weighing in at an average of over four kilos, they are the largest land-living arthropod in the world. They are increasingly be threatened by human activity, having been extirpated from most areas of its range with a significant human population, including mainland Australia and Madagascar.

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