Friday, November 18, 2016

Tristan da Cuhna ~ The Rockhopper Penguins ~

...New fantastic "far away" place to add to my collection... a really special postcard  for me ☝... great penguin postcard coming from the most remote inhabited island on Earth and that's including Antarctica and the North Pole... made popular by "Surf's Up" animated movie but unfortunately another specie classified as endangered because of the decline in numbers over the last three generations... Thanks a million Som also for the cute stamp used!! \_(♥‿♥)_/

Tristan da Cunha  is the name of a remote group of volcanic islands in the south Atlantic Ocean and the main island of that group. The island is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.This includes Saint Helena and equatorial Ascension Island. It's located 2,816 km (1,750 mi) from the nearest continental land, South Africa.

The island is named after the Portuguese sailor, Tristao da Cunha , who was the first to sight these islands. Only around 275 people live on the island and the capital is Edinburgh Of The Seven Seas, named in honour of a visit to the islands by Queen Victoria's son Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1867.

Rockhoppers are one of the world’s smallest penguins (only reaching 50 cm tall)  Similar to the Macaroni penguins, the Rockhopper penguins have decorative feather tufts on their heads -- theirs are yellow in color. Rockhopper Penguins are named after the way they hop from rock to rock when moving around their colonies. More than 99%  of the Northern Rockhopper Penguins breed on Tristan da Cunha.

The inhabitants of the volcanic island still face a long wait for letters and parcels - mail comes via Cape Town and must be put on board a fishing vessel for the 2,800-kilometre journey to the island. Boats leave on average once a month for the island so deliveries can take up to four weeks.


The 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Alices Adventures in Wonderland
(Issued 01-12-2015)

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