Having completed a rather depressing study of New Caledonia’s endangered species as featured on bird stamps issued by the Office des Postes et Télécommunications (OPT), I thought that it might be more uplifting to look for some rather more positive messages amongst the stamp issues. The New Caledonia endangered species article will feature in the December 2020 issue of Flight.
I have this FDC from 2013 which features Masked Boobies (Sula dactylatra) on and flying over the Entrecasteaux Reefs, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Lagoons of New Caledonia.
UNESCO added the Lagoons to the World Heritage list in 2008. OPT commemorated this major event with a miniature sheet of six stamps, one 75F value of which also featured a Masked Booby.
The Lagoons which make up the World Heritage Site comprise six marine clusters, which are in turn also protected by marine and terrestrial buffer zones.