R13 View of Ocean Life

Issue Date: May 11, 2009

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On May 11, 2009, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued five new stamps each on its own sheet featuring a colorful View of Ocean Life. The world's tropical waters teem with spectacular marine life whose beauty continually delights those fortunate enough to observe, firsthand, nature's breathtaking display. Many tropical fish and other sea creatures, however, thrive in home aquariums that re-create the natural habitat of tropical marine life. Aquariums are not only enjoyed by hobbyists, but are also useful research tools for marine biologists, who study these amazing creatures for various scientific purposes. It is the clear, tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean, however, that are truly a diver's paradise. Adventurers explore majestic coral reefs as they swim among the various species of exotic marine life native to this spectacular habitat, including the Masked Butterflyfish, the Queen Angelfish, the Clownfish, the Starfish and the Orca Whale. Each of these five creatures is being honored on its own sheet of 20 stamps, featuring artwork by noted artist Ken Walker.


  • Issue: View of Ocean Life
  • Face Value: $.28, $.44, $.88, $.98, $1.22
  • Issue Date: May 11, 2009
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Stamp Artwork: Ken Walker
  • First Day Cover Design: Herb Kawainui Kane
  • Printing Process: Cyan, black, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horizontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 20 (5 sheets)
  • Designs per Sheet: 1
  • Overall Sheet Size: 182mm x 150mm
  • Size of Stamps: 39.5mm x 29mm
  • Issue Number: R13
    (5-1) Masked Butterflyfish
    (5-2) Queen Angelfish
    (5-3) Clownfish
    (5-4) Starfish
    (5-5) Orca Whale
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.
  • Stamp designs ©2009 Marshall Islands Postal Service. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 2.54 View of Ocean Life
    US$ .28 Masked Butterflyfish
    US$ .44 Queen Angelfish
    US$ .88 Clownfish
    US$ .98 Starfish
    US$ 1.22 Orca Whale

    What is Available for you to Order

    Can be Shipped to Many Countries
    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Mint Stamp Set of 5 None 4663667
    44¢ Queen Angelfish None 4663624
    88¢ Clownfish None 4663632
    98¢ Starfish None 4663640
    $1.22 Orca Whale None 4663659
    Full Sheet Set of 5 None 4663802
    44¢ Queen Angelfish Full Sheet of 20 None 4663764
    88¢ Clownfish Full Sheet of 20 None 4663772
    98¢ Starfish Full Sheet of 20 None 4663780
    $1.22 Orca Whale Full Sheet of 20 None 4663799
    First Day Cover None 4663675

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