Friday, April 18, 2014

USA ~Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge- Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument-UNESCO ~

Wonderful postcard showing one of the most amazing and fascinating sea creatures...unfortunately nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as endangered :(...Thanks a lot Judy!!

With great stamps especially the Johny Cash stamp!!

Photographer-Pete Leary
Located on the far northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago, Midway Atoll is located within the country's largest conservation area, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. It is one the oldest atoll formations in the world. Midway Atoll is the remote, unincorporated U.S. territory where the Battle of Midway occurred in 1942. This ring of volcanic islands and reefs is now home to millions of birds (including the world's largest Laysan albatross colony) as well as seals, turtles, dolphins, and myriad fish species.

From back of the card:
Green sea turtles are spotted frequently in the lagoon on Midway Atoll. They take 20 to 50 years to reach maturity and will weigh an average of 440 pounds (200kg). The turtles enjoy sunning themselves on the beaches after swim.

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is a World Heritage listed, U.S. national monument encompassing 140,000 square miles (360,000 km2) (an area larger than the country of Greece) of ocean waters, including ten islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, internationally recognized for both its cultural and natural values.

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