Wildlife Safari: In the Water

SEA ANIMALS

These are variations of the California Coastal Commission specialty, a.k.a. the “Whale Tail” plate (1997, 2001, 2011).

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Florida has a whale plate of its own, as well as ones for the manatee and wild dolphins. Mississippi also has a dolphin protection plate, but Washington’s wildlife specialty with an orca is unique.

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FISH

Florida residents have many specialty options, even just within the category of marine life. Bass, trout, and salmon have all graced plates from various states.

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OTHER

Maine is famous for lobsters, and it’s been on both a general issue (left) and a specialty (right).

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Maine was the first to feature a loon plate, and several other “M” states followed suit.

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Whether decorating a southern marsh, making a pilgrimage on a beach, resting by a river, or crawling along the bottom of the bay, other animals make at least part of their home in the water.

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