On June 15, Canada Post will issue a single domestic rate (51 cents) stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vancouver Aquarium. This centre is the nation's largest aquarium, and is home to more than 70,000 animals, from translucent jellyfish to Arctic beluga, tropical piranhas and Pacific salmon. In all, there are some 265 fish species, 237 invertebrate species, and 48 reptile and amphibian species, along with more than 20 marine mammal and bird species.
The luminescent stamp designed by Vancouver's Kevin van der Leek Design Inc. captures the wonder of a child, captivated by the giant beluga whale swimming by. The young girl seems to be measuring the whale, perhaps trying to figure out how to bring it home after her visit. The stamps image captures an idyllic, uncomplicated moment between the earth-bound girl and the majestic creature that calls the water home.