The third stamp from the 1990 Faroes set shows the black (or North Atlantic) right whale, a critically endangered species with a current population estimated at under 500, and probably heading for extinction. It grows up to about 16 metres long.
The final stamp from the 1990 Faroes set shows the Northern bottlenose whale, which prefers deep ocean waters and can dive to some 1450 metres. It grows to up to 10 metres long and may have a population in the region of 10000.
1981 Jersey stamps commemorating a voyage of the Irish St Brendan (c.484 - c.577). Brendan is most famous for a voyage to seek out a legendary island of the Blessed. On the voyage he and his companions encountered sea monsters and whales. They also, according to an early account of this voyage, found Judas Iscariot perched unhappily on a rock in the middle of the ocean, on one of the days off he was allowed from Hell on Sundays and feast days, and also discovered on an island a hermit clad only in his own hair and fed by an otter, among many other marvels. Some people believe that behind this obviously largely mythical voyage is a real voyage Brendan made in which he reached North America. It's quite possible - we know that some Irish monks settled in Iceland before the Vikings did.
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