2022 60¢ National Marine Sanctuaries – Sea Nettle
Value: 60¢ 1-Ounce First-class Rate (Forever)
Issue Date: August 5, 2022
First Day City: Santa Cruz, CA
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 16
Quantity Printed: 38,000,000
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is located east of Boston, Massachusetts, between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. It is New England's only national marine sanctuary and encompasses 842 square miles. The sanctuary is known for its history as an important fishing ground and is now one of New England's best whale-watching destinations. It is also home to several nationally significant shipwrecks.
With its close proximity to Boston and other large New England ports, Stellwagen Bank has become a popular destination for marine research as well as recreation. The waters are full of nutrients that attract plankton and small fish, which then bring larger fish and marine mammals to the area.
One species that has been growing in numbers in New England is the Atlantic sea nettle jellyfish. They tolerate warmer temperatures, human activity, and climate change better than fish, and are becoming more commonly seen along the coast. Populations have even been established in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. While these jellies can produce a nasty sting, animals such as grey triggerfish, leatherback sea turtles, and ocean sunfish are known to eat them.
As the world's oceeans continue to change over time, it will be interesting to see what creatures may show up in new locations.